I really like whip cream, especially when it’s mixed with cream cheese. It kind of reminds me of cheesecake – another dessert I adore. And there’s nothing I like better on cheesecake than strawberry topping.
This would be the perfect dessert to serve on Valentine’s Day!
Whipped Cheesecake Cream
8 ounces cream cheese, full fat
1 – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups heavy cream
Whip the cream cheese and the powdered sugar on low in a medium mixing bowl. When it’s creamed together, slowly add the cream while continuing to beat to loosen the consistency of the cream cheese. Continue to beat until fluffy and thick.
I sample the whipped cream at this point and determine if it’s sweet enough for me, if not, add more sugar until desired sweetness.
Strawberry Topping Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
dash of salt
1/3 cup water
4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
Place the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and whisk together to break up any lumps. Then add the water and stir well. Add in the strawberries.
Over medium heat, cook and stir until the sauce is thick and just starting to boil. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes more, then take off the heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
To Assemble: Simply scoop whipped cheesecake into serving dishes, top with strawberry topping, and continue layering!
I was able to make the “heart”* with the strawberry topping by first layering in the whipped cheesecake, then spooning two small teaspoons of topping next to each other against the glass. I then added another layer of whipped cheesecake. I took a skewer (flush against the glass) and pushed it through the middle of the two teaspoons of topping inside of the glass and pulled the skewer back through the middle of the dessert to take it out. This only worked for me once! So it’s a bit tricky, but makes for a stunning presentation. Good luck if you try it!
*I saw this technique in Woman’s Day magazine in 2006. They used pudding and seedless jam (for the hearts). I may have to try that next time and see if I get better results.