For The Crust:
1 (10-ounce) package shortbread cookies (such as Lorna Doone)
5 tablespoons (2 1/2 oz./70g) unsalted butter, melted
For The Filling:
10 ounces frozen unsweetened strawberries (about 2 3/4 cups), thawed, juices reserved
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For The Topping:
1/3 cup strawberry or currant jelly
3 (1-pint) baskets fresh strawberries, hulled, cut in halves lengthwise
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F/160 degrees C. Butter a round 9-inch springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides.
Grind cookies in food processor to coarse crumbs. Add butter and blend until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture over bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake crust until just golden, about 8 minutes. Set aside while preparing filling. Maintain oven temperature.
Puree thawed strawberries and juices in processor until smooth. Measure 3/4 cup puree (reserve any remaining puree for another use); do not wash bowl. Add cream cheese and sugar to processor. Blend until smooth. Using on/off turns, blend in flour. Add eggs; process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add 3/4 cup strawberry puree, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract; process until well blended. Transfer filling to prepared crust.
Bake cake in preheated oven until center is softly set and edges begin to color, puff and crack, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Place hot cheesecake on rack. Refrigerate uncovered on rack until cold, at least 4 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
Using small knife, cut around pan sides to loosen cake; remove pan sides. Stir jelly in heavy saucepan over low heat until melted. Arrange berry halves atop cheesecake in concentric circles; brush with warm jelly to glaze. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
Makes 12 servings.
Source: Bon Apetit Magazine -March 2002