What can put of smile on your family and friends faces? Strawberry season and our nation’s Fourth of July birthday!
Happy Fourth of July
Here is a fun twist on my recipe for Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries to have at your Fourth of July celebration. They are not only easy to make but taste of cheese cake, strawberries and are patriotic. What a combination of yummy and red, white and blue. What says summer more than strawberries filled with yummy cheesecake?
Start out by taking your cream cheese out of the fridge to soften while you prepare the strawberries.
Thoroughly wash your strawberries in a colander in the sink until all dirt and debris is removed. Place strawberries into a large bowl and add vinegar/water mixture to the bowl. The vinegar water mixture will kill off any mold spores on the strawberries (optional). Soak for a few minutes and drain in colander.
When you are done washing the strawberries lay them out to dry on paper towels. Let the berries dry while you are getting together all the ingredients, bowls and utensils needed in the recipe.
You will need to cut a small section off the bottom of the strawberry. This will allow it to stand up straight on a plate and not fall over. The small pieces are a nice cook’s treat.
Hull the strawberries. You can use a tool (strawberry huller) like I did in the picture or you can use a knife to cut the stem off and then use the knife to cut out the center of the strawberry. I like using the strawberry huller because it will remove the stem and part of the inside to make a perfect hole for the filling. When finished place the strawberries on a paper towel to let the berries dry while you are making the filling.
Preparing Cream Cheese Filling
In a mixing bowl add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and flavorings. Mix thoroughly. If mixture is too thick you may add one drop of milk at a time to thin the mixture. Place the mixture into a piping bag or tool with a star tip to stuff the strawberries.
Fill the center of the strawberry with the cream cheese mixture. To make a swirl design in the cream cheese mixture you will twist the strawberry in a circle with your fingertips while inserting the filling mixture into the strawberry. Set the filled strawberry on a paper towel to wait to be dipped.
Melting White Wafers
Place 1/4 cup Ghirardelli White Vanilla Flavored Melting Wafers into a microwavable container. Microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds and take out and stir. If not melted then repeat at 15 second intervals until melted.
Dip the filled strawberries into the melted wafers and swirl to make sure it has coated the bottom of the strawberry and up the side about 1/4 in. Place the coated strawberry on a piece of parchment paper, wax paper or a non-stick mat.
Placing Blueberry on Strawberry
Once coating has hardened then place a blueberry on top of the cream cheese on each of the strawberries.
Insert a decorative American Flag toothpick into each strawberry. Another option is to place strawberries on a serving plate and add a few strawberries drizzled in chocolate with decorative American Flag toothpick into each of the chocolate strawberries.
Would like to see a video on how to make Dipped Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries? Visit my blog entry Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries for the complete video.
Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Fourth of July. Enjoy!