Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert #SundaySupper

I have been counting the days till local strawberries appear at the fruit stand down the road. Tiny and flavorful, my kids also anxiously await those succulent berries that are available just one week a year. Hoping they will be ripe at the end of May, we are usually disappointed when we have to wait until June to enjoy the best strawberry shortcakes of the year…when these local berries are picked at the peak of their sweetness. But thankfully, the California berries at the market were red and fragrant…and perfect to top this Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert. This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Summer Berries and is hosted by my friend, Nicole, of Daily Dish Recipes. Make sure to check out all the magnificent berry recipes at the end of this post.

A graham cracker crust was paired with a creamy cheesecake-like filling, then finished off with a sunburst of berries. Melted currant jelly is the perfect glaze for strawberries…it helps magnify their scarlet hue, providing an enticing gloss and subtle flavor. The guys skipped dessert when dining out last night…after asking if there were two slices of pie left at home. I’d say that’s a positive endorsement.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert #SundaySupper

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 8 graham crackers, processed into crumbs
  • 5 tablepsoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Filling:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • Sliced strawberries (I used most of a 16 ounce package)
  • A few raspberries and blackberries to garnish, optional
  • 2-3 tablespoons red currant jelly, melted, whisked till smooth, and cooled slightly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix in melted butter. Press into 9 inch pie plate.
  3. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. When crust is cool, whip together cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl, whip cream to soft peaks. Combine the whipped cream with the cream cheese mixture. Fill pie crust and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Slice berries, reserving outer slices for another use. Arrange as desired over top of filling. Add other berries to center, if desired. Brush with melted currant jelly.
  6. Yield: 8 servings
    Total time: 3 hours, including chilling time
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Comments

  1. This is such a gorgeous tart. Perfect for this strawberry season and I can’t wait to make it for my kids. They love strawberries.

  2. Always so well done, Liz. A beautiful dessert – I could do with a slice of this right now actually ;-)

  3. Liz, there is that beuatiful looking pie that we saw on your facebook page the other day – it looks fabulous and I love the ingredients, graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling and fresh seasonal strawberries – I bought a bautiful pie dish the other day for “strawberry pie”, I will make this pie for sure and try to make it look as close to your original as possible, I will be hit – I wiill let you know (with pictures) how it turns out!
    Thanks for such a lovely recipe!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    I could hear the ooohs and aaaahs all the way down here in Philly! This is such a pretty dessert, I’ll bet everyone loved it:@)

  5. I love this theme. Yes, I too am impatient waiting for the local berries to come. Strawberries are so fast. Good thing I can enjoy the blueberries a bit longer. Lovely dessert as always.

  6. I’d skip restaurant dessert if I knew your strawberry marvel was at home, too.

    Note to self: Next time, I decorate with strawberries, bring up Liz’s picture of perfection and try to replicate =)

  7. Lizzy,
    Your Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is pure perfection, as always. As an uber strawberry lover, I have to make this one. I have a new pie plate, so I’ll be trying this gorgeous dessert soon.

  8. I bow to the greatness of your ability to slice, arrange, and decorate your fruit desserts. So beautiful Liz!

  9. Julie @ This Gal Cooks says:

    Beautiful! Looking at this make me want to buy some strawberries.

  10. Mmm I could probably eat this entire dessert! Cheesecake like with strawberries is my favorite.

  11. So pretty and delicious. I need some strawberries in my life!

  12. Yum! I love the combination of cream cheese and strawberries! Your dessert looks amazing! I don
    t think I could control myself and I would eat the whole thing!

  13. Beautiful! Love you pretty presentation!!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous!

  15. You´re so in your element with this recipe Liz! Love the idea of this type of desserts for summer. Beautiful presentation!

  16. Liz you are the berry queen! ^.^ I can imagine that you have been waiting impatiently for the strawberry season to begin and look what you came up with. I am all smitten!

  17. Feed me please! This would be dangerous at my house, because I’d keep sticking a spoon in for just one more bite…

  18. The California berries have been pretty good this year. We’re just starting to see local berries now. Great job with this terrific looking dessert! Thanks so much.

  19. Beautiful! And anything cheesecake-like, well, I’m there!

  20. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Wow, that is endorsement when the guys skip dessert out in favor of a homemade one! This looks incredible… beautiful photos as usual, and I love that pie dish! Simple lovely!!!

  21. Just stunning! The strawberry slices look like a flower! :D

  22. I love this variation! I just made a cream cheese/strawberry dessert with strawberry jello on top, but I love the use of jam in this recipe. And your presentation is absolutely gorgeous.

  23. To beautiful to eat. :D love it.

  24. Liz, there is nothing I really love more than strawberries and cream cheese. I want this and I want this now!!!! YUM :)

  25. Holy moly, could this be any more beautiful? Such an awesome presentation, I don’t know I could even cut into it! Just kidding…it sounds so good I’d have to have a few slices… ;)

  26. Those strawberries are placed beautiful, what a delicious dessert :D
    I want a huge slice!

    Cheers
    CCU

  27. That looks perfect and sound delicious – I can understand why the guys would skip dessert to come home to that pie!

  28. Absolutely gorgeous! Strawberry season is in full swing here in Zagreb, but it’s been raining a lot the past week and the pour strawberries are not so flavourful as they were last year. Pity! I will keep your beautiful recipe for next year’s crop :) :)

  29. This sounds so delicious, and looks fantastic! I love the fan of strawberries on top. So beautiful!

  30. I posted a strawberry recipe today too. For me, they’re one of the first signs of summer!

  31. I am always excited to come here and see what gorgeous recipe you have created!! Love it!!

  32. You have the steadiest hands on the planet. Beautiful dessert!

  33. That’s so beautiful and pretty looking. I can’t believe those berries are only available one week a year – you wouldn’t want to go away that week! xx

  34. Strawberries and cream cheese are one of life’s great combos… I’m hungry!

  35. I’m always so impressed by your desserts! So pretty and creative!

  36. This is so beautiful, Liz. Strawberries and cream cheese make a perfect combo in this summer dessert.

  37. I love anything in a graham cracker crust. And this looks worth loving!

  38. I would say it is too pretty to eat–then I would enjoy a big slice! Yummy.

  39. Liz, I swoon! Everything about this is beautiful, from your gorgeous photos, to that adorable pie plate (I want!) to your luscious, creamy, berry-filled dessert.

  40. Such a pretty dessert for strawberry season!

  41. Such a pretty dessert. I just want to reach in and grab a slice! You captured this tart just beautifully. Everything pops! Have a great week Liz!

  42. Tis the strawberry season and this is one gorgeous tart. Happy Monday to you. Take Care, BAM

  43. Liz, I’m in awe of your wonderful strawberry presentation here. Absolutely beautiful!

  44. I can totally relate because I’ve also been counting down to berry season. We do get the California berries all year long but it’s not the same as the in-season NY/Hudson Valley berries and I think we’re going to go berry picking in the next couple of weeks now that the U-Pick farms are starting to open. I have lots of these berry/cheesecake desserts that I regularly make although you take the prize for decorating, Liz!

  45. Wow, this strawberry tart looks gorgeous! Love how the red currant jelly makes the strawberries pop out even more. Perfect presentation and looks delicious Liz!

  46. Beautiful dear Lizzy, have a lovely week!!

  47. Yum… I love the cream cheese and strawberry combo. This dessert is so pretty and I love the colors.

  48. This is GORGEOUS!! It’s like two desserts in one, I love it!

  49. What a beauty! At first I thought it was a strawberry tart. It sounds very original and you reminded me I must make a strawberry tart.

  50. I love a baked cheese cake and the strawberry topping on this just pushes it over the edge and you’ve arranged them so beautifully Liz, you are really a master at this. Strawberries are still some time away for us, and we’ve gotten a bit of a cold front today, I wore gloves cycling into work this morning.

  51. That tart is gorgeous. I’ll bet it travels well too, even if you had to “strawberry” it after you got there.

  52. Lizzy,
    Your tart looks like a flower, so beautiful. I wish I had the eye to create such a lovely picture.
    Annamaria

  53. Your strawberry top looks so pretty! This is a perfect summer dessert!

  54. Love strawberry and cream cheese together ! This tart looks wonderful and I bet it taste that way , too :D

  55. I do miss living in Oxnard for the strawberries season, especially the festival. There is something about fresh local strawberries. Thankfully there is a strawberry farm not that far away from us and British strawberries are good. But there is something perfect about California strawberries that I do miss. By the way yet again you have made not only a delicious dessert but it is so beautifully presented.

  56. This is so beautiful! Although, I must confess it gave me flashbacks to the first 3 weeks of culinary school, which should have been known as “topping cheesecakes with artfully arranged fruit school” :)

  57. I love fresh berries! I just eat them straight from the carton! you can’t beat that fresh flavor! This dessert though? might just top the tasty berries! I would love this!

  58. Now this is the way to end a meal. Heck, I may even have to start with dessert. :) Beautifully done, Lizzy. :)

  59. I like the idea of brushing it with jelly. So elegant!

  60. I also LOVE berry season and going to the Farmer’s Markets or U-pick farms. . dude, this pie. . O.M.G. Looks sooooooo good! love!!

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