So remember how I missed the first day? well heres your plus one, now its 30.
So Im going to my Boyfriends for the Fourth and there will be a few people I don’t know there, so its important to impress people with your baking skills. Although technically this isn’t baking, it lies more in the realm of candy but who cares? I bring to you Cheesecake stuffed strawberries:
So like any good holiday it is impossible to find the appropriate colored sugar in stock, but have no fear, you can make your own. (I know, I was scared too at first, but I promise it’s the least messy part of this whole recipe).
for a half cup of sugar I used 4 drops of regular blue and 3 drops of neon blue.
drop in a ziploc bag and massage the colors into the sugar until even. you made colored sugar, yay! I even think the finer texture of the sugar is kind of nice.
Cheesecake stuffed Strawberries:
1pint of strawberrys
about 10 ounces white chocolate (optional)
colored sugar (also optional)
1 pint of strawberries
8oz. block cream cheese – soft
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond)
Graham cracker crumbs (also optional)
First put your chocolate on a double boiler. I used a really good chocolate bar, but you could use chips. Just know that they wont melt as nice since they have stabilizers in them that prevent them from melting out of shape in your oven.
Next wash and cut your strawberries
(comically large berry)
I used a paring knife to cut out the inside of the strawberries, which sounds daunting, but if your strawberries are really ripe the knife will find the white inside for you.
Dont worry about accidentally poking through to the other side since we’re dipping them in chocolate, just be careful not to cut yourself.
Look, the chocolates melted, yay
Dry off your strawberries very well, even the insides, if any water gets in your chocolate it will seize and get clumpy (boo, not good).
set up a dipping station, dry berries, chocolate, sugar and drying rack with paper towel.
Dip the berries 2/3 in the chocolate and then 1/3 in the sugar, flip over and let cool. (easier said than done, I know). Did I mention I hate working with chocolate? cause I do, but this wasn’t so bad. Some of them ended up with a lot of sugar, but hey, its endearing, right?
so patriotic right? I moved the to the fridge to chill for an hour while I started the filling.
Beat softened cream cheese (leave it out all morning or microwave on low for a minute), powdered sugar, and vanilla together. Its like making cream cheese icing, only less mixing.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a large tar tip with filling and start piping into strawberries.
Lets be honest people, its just not cheesecake with out graham crackers
much better, sprinkle on top and viola!
Happy fourth everyone