Microwave Berry Cheesecake


1/4 c. butter or margarine

1 c. graham cracker crumbs

2 tbsp. sugar



2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese

2/3 c. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 c. milk

2 tbsp. lemon juice

4 eggs

1 c. cherry pie filling


Microwave butter in 9 inch round baking dish 45-60 seconds, or until melted. Stir in crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press firmly in bottom of dish. Microwave at high 1 1/2 minutes, rotating after 1 minute. Place cream cheese in bowl. Microwave at 50 percent (medium) 1 minute, or until softened. Add sugar, salt and milk; beat well. Blend in juice and eggs. Microwave at high 4-7 minutes, or until very hot, stirring well every 2 minutes. Pour over crust.

Microwave at 50 percent (medium) 7-15 minutes, or until almost set in the center; rotate 1/4 turn every 3 minutes. Mixture firms up as it chills. Let cool, spread cherry filling over cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Or serve with one of the toppings, below.

Makes 8 servings.

Sour Cream: Cool cheesecake 20-30 minutes, then spread 1 cup dairy sour cream.

Fresh Fruit: After chilled, top cheesecake with 1 to 2 fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or sliced peaches.

Glaze:Combine 1/3 cup apricot, raspberry, or other preserves and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Drizzle over cheesecake before chilling.


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