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Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Goat cheese cheesecake. I mean, why not, really? Cream cheese and goat cheese aren’t all that different. I think, when I first envisioned a goat cheesecake I really intended something like this, not the savory tastes-like-a-cheese-dip version I actually made. Lesson learned. Because this version is as tangy and sweet as it is rustic and beautiful.

I was originally going to do a strawberry basil flavor combination (yes, yes, months later I’ve still got basil on the brain), but after tasting the heavenly almond biscotti (from Trader Joe’s) that I chose to use for the crust, I decided that the basil flavor would be lost in the midst. And that strawberry almond was equally as enticing.

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

The filling itself is a swirl of plain almond and strawberry. Just a word of warning that baked strawberry does not stay delightfully pink, rather, turns more of an off shade of mauve. If you want pink (and next time, I think the pink would be much prettier), add a few drops of red food coloring to the strawberry batter.

The strawberry flavor, however, comes through loud and clear, tasting like a grown up strawberry milkshake with hints of almond and a slight tang from the goat cheese; however goat cheese skeptics just know that it is very mild and I doubt anyone would guess there was goat cheese in it if they didn’t know. Try it. I think you’ll like it and it might just convert you to the light side.

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Yield: 1 9-inch cheesecake

Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:
2 cups finely ground almond biscotti (from about 8 ounces whole cookies), or substitute 1 3/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs and 1/4 cup almond meal
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

For Filling:
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
11 ounces (1 log) goat cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch salt
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
10 ounces whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed and drained if frozen

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

To prepare crust, mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl until evenly moistened. Butter and line the bottom of a 9-by-2-inch deep cake pan with parchment paper; butter parchment (alternatively, you can use a 9-inch-round springform pan if you like). Press crumb mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of prepared pan and set aside.

To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, sugar, and sour cream, flour, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure there are no large chunks and that all ingredients are incorporated. Stir in vanilla and almond extract.

Pour half of the filling into prepared crust.

Purée strawberries until smooth. Add to remaining filling in food processor and pulse to combine. Pour on top of plain filling in a decorative swirly pattern. Use a butter knife or skewer to create additional swirls in the top of the cheesecake.

Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until the top is just barely jiggly. Remove from oven and run a thin knife or spatula around the edge to release the cake from the sides of the pan. Turn off the heat and return cake to the oven for another 15 minutes to finish baking. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack; let cool completely to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the mood for your own holiday baking? Goat cheese or not, you’ll need supplies. Lucky for you, Chavrie® has so generously provided a beautiful Holiday Baking Gift Set to one L&OO reader, which includes the gorgeous white Crate & Barrel sweets pedestal pictured above, as well as a set of C&B white nesting mixing bowls, magnetic measuring cups and spoons. AND a whole bunch of free goat cheese, recipes, coupons, and more!

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!****
Congrats to comment #14, Vivek, who was randomly selected as the winner!

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
How would you use goat cheese this holiday season?

Entries open through Friday, November 25 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be selecting the winner via random number generator on the morning of Saturday, November 26th. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner by Chevre®. Because of the perishable nature of this prize this giveaway is open to U.S. Residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
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2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 48 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to US residents only. Void where prohibited. I was provided with an identical gift set and cheese by Chavrie®, however all opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 401
    Posted On November 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    you’re liked on facebook by me!

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  2. 402
    Amy
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I’ve always been a fan of appetizers of goat cheese, fig jam and caramelized onion on toasted baguette slices.

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  3. 403
    Cheryl
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Just made a pumpkin goat cheese cake for Thanksgiving. Love love goat cheese!

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  4. 404
    Meryl
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

    A goat cheese, tomato, cucumber, parsley salad with a red wine vinaigrette a la Pierre Franey.

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  5. 405
    Louis
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I’d make a bruschetta with goat cheese, roasted red and yellow bell peppers, and fresh basil.

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  6. 406
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Goat Cheese and pumpkin ravioli! So good!

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  7. 407
    Whitney Lindeman
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Use it? I’d just eat it!!! Love me some goat cheese on Triscuits!

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  8. 408
    Whitney Lindeman
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I follow on Facebook!

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  9. 409
    carolina
    Posted On November 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Will add goat cheese to a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and tomato.

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  10. 410
    Sally
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I would be making some chocolate goat cheese truffles!

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  11. 411
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I know this may be boring in comparison to the rest of the posts, but I love a seared slice of goat cheese on a salad. With a balsamic vinegerette, cranberries, and walnuts. Mmmm. Ok now I’m hungry.

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  12. 412
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:55 am

    And I followed + tweeted under BakingPartTime

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  13. 413
    Joann
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I would love some goat cheese on an appetizer pizza with some garlic oil, thyme, and arugula on top dressed with some fresh lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.

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  14. 414
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I follow you on twitter!

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  15. 415
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I have many, many appetizers that require the use of goat cheese. I also want to try to make a goat cheese pizza!

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  16. 416
    Leann Lindeman
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    We love goat cheese in this house!!!! I might make herbed goat cheese tartlets.

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    Leann Lindeman
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    fan of love & olive oil on facebook.

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  18. 418
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Goat cheese with fresh bread, crackers and wine!

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  19. 419
    Susann
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I am a fan on facebook!

    I plan on making a goat cheese and crab tart with with dill :)

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    Natalie
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Goat cheese and Duck Confit Salad..SO GOOD! Thanks for your PAGE!

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  21. 421
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    what an amazing idea! i can’t wait to try this out. i love goat cheese in just about everything, but i really love eating it on crostini or baguette with this delicious olive tapenade that i make. yum yum!

    i’m also a fan on facebook :) happy thanksgiving!

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    becky weidenfeller
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I’m a already a fan!

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  23. 423
    becky weidenfeller
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I would use the goat cheese to make this yummy cheesecake!

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  24. 424
    Gerdy
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love goat cheese. I usually make appetizer goat cheese, toasted pecan, cranberry & crackers …

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  25. 425
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Following you on twitter and tweeted about your entry!!

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  26. 426
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I am following you on facebook.

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    Deirdre
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Yum!! I would keep it simple and put it on a little bread and drizzle it with honey. These might be good hors d’oeuvres for a holiday party!!

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  28. 428
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I like to use goat cheese in salad – with some fresh vinaigrette. Or with some crackers… Yummy!

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  29. 429
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I follow you on twitter & tweeted too ;)

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    Laura
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I would make a Christmas tree-shaped goat cheese ball to serve with crackers as an appetizer :)

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    Deirdre
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook already!

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    Carrie Wyse
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  33. 433
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m thinking goat cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon…drooooool

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  34. 434
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m already a Facebook follower!

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  35. 435
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I would use the goat cheese in a frittata on Christmas morning!

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  36. 436
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Tweeted your giveaway!

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  37. 437
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I would use it to make a special savory pastry for
    My beau… Who absolutely loves goat cheese. It’s somethig I’ve been developing for some time and I think it is almost golden.

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  38. 438
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m already a fan on Facebook!

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  39. 439
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Liked on Facebook!

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  40. 440
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I wouldn’t use the goat cheese myself, but my mom would love to have it, and i would love to have the cake plate!

    Reply

  41. 441
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I like you on facebook!

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  42. 442
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Tweeted by @riddle_me

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    Lasairiona
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I’d do exactly what you did with it, I’ve never been a fan of it really, but that cheesecake looks divine!!

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    Lasairiona
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook! – Lasairiona McMaster

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    Lasairiona
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted about your giveaway! @icemaiden013

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    Cheryl
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I am making homemade rosemary cheese crackers with goat cheese and my homemade pepper jelly for an appetizer. This would be a fun giveaway to win! I am also a fan on facebook.

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  47. 447
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I would make goat cheese bacon wrapped dates. They are so good broiled!

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  48. 448
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I followed you on Twitter

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  49. 449
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I liked yo on facebook

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    Leisa Peek
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I have a delicious recipe for fig and goat cheese bruschetta!

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    Leisa Peek
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. I also liked you on Facebook.

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  52. 452
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I think I’d slather it on fresh, homemade brioche and top it with some of my Dad’s homemade cranberry conserve. Oh man, now I’m drooling!

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  53. 453
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I already like you on FB.

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  54. 454
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Melissa
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I like you on FB.

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    Melissa
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love goat cheese on salads and pizza, but will probably use it with chipotle peppers in an appetizer.

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  57. 457
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE goat cheese so I’d prob just eat in on crackers. Or w beets and spinach.

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  58. 458
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’m a FB fan.

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  59. 459
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Tweeted @chocolatemoosey

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  60. 460
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I would use goat cheese to make some wonderful crostinis for holiday parties. I’ve seen a few neat ideas using winter vegetables like squash or beets and definitely some preserves (like chutney or cranberry sauce) on there too. Thanks for the giveaway! (tweeted too!)

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    Charity S
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I would make a goat cheese, bacon, eggs, and potato casserole.

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    Danielle
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I would definitely make this cheesecake!!!

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    Danielle
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I am a FB fan :)

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    Sue (KyddSR)
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I’d probably make some goat cheese & olive tapenade crostini for guests for a holiday party.

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    Sue (KyddSR)
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    tweet tweet!

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    Sue (KyddSR)
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’m already like ya on FB!

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    Charity S
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

    charity s

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  68. 468
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I would love to use it with cranberries as a cracker spread.

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  69. 469
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I would use it in a myriad of ways… savory cheesecake appetizers, on top of bruschetta, how good would goat cheese be spread on bread with leftover turkey and thrown in the pannini press?? YUM!

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  70. 470
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

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    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm
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    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I’m already a L&OO fan on fb

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    Kim
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I would make a tart from goat cheese. It’s delicious!

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    Kim
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I like you on fb.

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    Kim
    Posted On November 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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    Deb Harris
    Posted On November 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I would use goat cheese crumbled over a roasted beet salad with Balsamic vinegrette.

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  77. 477
    Posted On November 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve been thinking of a new recipe for bruschetta. It’s involving pureed figs and goat cheese smeared on a baguette. YUMM!

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  78. 478
    Posted On November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I like you on FB

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  79. 479
    Posted On November 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

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