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!
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!
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.
- 4 ounces frozen strawberries (about a half cup of chopped berries), thawed
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (real or substitute) or to taste
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
- Thaw frozen berries, then squeeze out a tablespoon or two of liquid (see note if using fresh). Coarsely puree.
- 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.
- Serve with bagels, crepes, crepes, apple slices or ???
- 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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