Summer is in full swing (I can barely believe it!) and we’ve been pretty darn obsessed with fresh strawberries around here. In the last week we used 3.5 lbs (yes pounds!) of strawberries for this recipe, a Strawberry “sorbato” which is apparently a delicious mix between a gelato and a sorbet, and a strawberry and lemon curd tart in a shortbread crust. Bathing suit season be damned, we’re really enjoying all the fresh fruit!
This recipe was dreamed up after trying Whole Foods’ jaw-dropping blueberry cream cheese. I loved it so much that I looked for a recipe and found this one by The Meaning of Pie. It didn’t take long before I started daydreaming of a strawberry version.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup Strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup of Sugar
- 1 TBS of water
- 2 packages Cream Cheese
- (optional) 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
What to Do:
1. If you haven’t already, rinse, hull, and slice your strawberries! Set the cream cheese out to soften.
2. In a small sauce pot, stir the chopped strawberries, sugar and water over medium heat. Continue to stir occasionally as the strawberries and sugar breakdown into a syrup, about 8 – 10 minutes. Visually it will go from the image on the left, to the image on the right (below).
3. If you’d like your cream cheese to have fewer fruit chunks in it (and a little less strawberry flavor) strain the hot strawberry syrup into a heat-safe bowl, removing the fruit chunks. Pop the bowl into the fridge until cool to the touch.
4. While the syrup cools, using either a hand mixer or stand mixer whip the cream cheese at high speed until it starts to become smooth.
5. Slowly pour the cooled syrup, a few tablespoons at a time, into the cream cheese. Continue to whip the cream cheese making sure the syrup is fully incorporated before adding more!
6. (optional step) If you’d like your cream cheese sweeter: reduce the mixer speed to low and add a quarter cup of powdered sugar.
Then eat up! We like our fruity cream cheese on everything from toast and bagels to fruit and crackers. It’s delicious! I garnished mine with fresh strawberries and made some mini jars of it to give away. They’re adorable and delicious gifts!