Strawberry Cream Cheese

A classic on raisin bagels, Strawberry Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient) whips up quickly and easily. Also good on pancakes, as a fruit dip, etc. A classic on raisin bagels, Strawberry Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient) whips up quickly and easily. Also good on pancakes, as a fruit dip, etc. 

Years ago, I was traumatized. By Strawberry Butter. And so, I was nervous when I decided to try it’s cousin, Strawberry Cream Cheese. But I was also motivated. You can’t buy Strawberry Cream Cheese that is organic and local, much less sugar free.

So back to the ill-fated butter…. My goal was making strawberry butter to slather on Half Whole Wheat popovers—doesn’t that sound good? But it came out separated. Actually curdled-looking. Yuk!

Prepping Strawberries to Freeze

This time, I started nervously with frozen strawberries from last summer’s CSA harvest. I always freeze enough to eat local berries all winter, but I still kind of hoard them.

I thawed some, then squeezed out just a little of the liquid. I’m glad I did since the final mixture was still on the thin side. My other innovation was adding some lemon zest. This picked up the flavor without adding any extra moisture. Win-win!

A classic on raisin bagels, Strawberry Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient) whips up quickly and easily. Also good on pancakes, as a fruit dip, etc. 

The process was super easy. Simply cream softened cream cheese in the mixer, add pureed berries, zest and sugar (or substitute) and enjoy. Simple and delicious!

Yes, I figure if I do decide to try keto later in the winter, I’ll have one recipe under my belt! We slathered it on bagels, decidedly un-keto, but one bridge at a time.

A classic on raisin bagels, Strawberry Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient) whips up quickly and easily. Also good on pancakes, as a fruit dip, etc. 

A small tub (next time I double)

Strawberry Cream Cheese
Yields 4
A classic on raisin bagels, Strawberry Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient) whips up quickly and easily. Also good on pancakes, as a fruit dip, etc.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
117 calories
6 g
31 g
10 g
2 g
5 g
60 g
92 g
4 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
60g
Yields
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 92mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces frozen strawberries (about a half cup of chopped berries), thawed
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 Tablespoon sugar (real or substitute) or to taste
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
Instructions
  1. Thaw frozen berries, then squeeze out a tablespoon or two of liquid (see note if using fresh). Coarsely puree.
  2. Cream the cream cheese using a mixer or a small food processor (my blender blade was too high for this). Add berries, sugar or substitute, and lemon zest and mix until blended. Taste and adjust sugar to taste.
  3. Serve with bagels, crepes, crepes, apple slices or ???
Notes
  1. I have not tried this with fresh berries, but have two suggestions to avoid excess moisture, since you won’t be able to squeeze them drier. Suggestion one: don’t puree, just finely chop (or go halfsies on pureeing/chopping). Suggestion two:, sprinkle sliced berries with some extra sugar, and let them sit in a strainer until they release some of their juice which you can then discard.
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calories
117
fat
10g
protein
2g
carbs
6g
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11 thoughts on “Strawberry Cream Cheese

  1. David Scott Allen

    I generally find cream cheese is very forgiving, no matter what we add to it! Funny thing? Like bloody Mary’s, I have never had strawberry cream cheese… Or vegetable cream cheese… Or smoked salmon cream cheese… I think the only one I’ve ever tried is one with chives!

    1. Inger Post author

      The smoked salmon cream cheese would be my favorite–and one of the blogging group just did it with canned salmon and liquid smoke. I think I’m going to have to try with canned salmon and smoked paprika…

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