7-Up Lemon Cheesecake With Strawberry Glaze

7-Up Lemon Cheesecake With Strawberry Glaze

2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 package Unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups 7-Up
1 package Lemon pudding mix, small; not instant
6 tablespoons Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
3/4 cup Water
16 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup Strawberry jelly, melted
Fresh strawberries

CRUST: Combine well the graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Press onto bottom and partway up sides of buttered 9" springform pan; chill.

FILLING: Soften unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup 7-up for 4 minutes. In a saucepan combine pie filling, sugar, beaten eggs and water. Blend well. Add 1-1/4 cup 7-up and bring just to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in softened gelatin; cool 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of this warm mixture to softened cream cheese; mash together. Mix together with remaining 7-up mixture and stir until well blended. Turn into chilled crust and chill for at least 8 hours. Remove from pan and add topping.

TOPPING: Brush top of chilled cheesecake with melted jelly. Arrange strawberries upright on cake and spoon any remaining melted jelly over them.