Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BB: Mixed Berry Cheesecake Dip

I got lazy this month with Barefoot Bloggers.  I just didn't have it in me to make (or resist eating) a giant cheesecake.  And I was too lazy to do the calculations to make a small one.  So I turned it into a dip that is both easy and obviously still delicious.  And portable!  I took it to a party last weekend, and I think it would be a wonderful addition to a tailgate spread.

I used graham crackers as the cheesecake vehicle, but I think gingersnaps would be really good too.  And if you really want to go crazy... oreos?  Though my stomach hurts just thinking about that one!

Thanks to Natalie of Snowball Jewelry for choosing Ina's cheesecake this month. 

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Dip
adapted from Ina Garten
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2-3 cups mixed berries (diced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
  • 1/3 cup red jelly (strawberry, raspberry, currant, etc)
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and add the sour cream, lemon zest, vanilla, and heavy cream.  Beat until well incorporated, then add more heavy cream if the consistency is too thick.  Pour into a 9-inch pie plate and use a spatula to spread and smooth the top.

Place the jam in a medium bowl, and heat in the microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Fold in the berries, and spoon over the cheesecake filling.  Chill until ready to serve, and serve with graham crackers or ginger snaps.


Courtney said...

Oh yum! I've seen cheesecake dip with chocolate chips before, but this one is way prettier!

Laura said...

How beautiful. Cheesecake, fresh berries? How bad could that be?! lol. Looks great!

Danielle said...

This looks really good, and pretty too! It's the perfect treat without going overboard on cheesecake.

Natalie said...

This was such a great idea---I might make this for a picnic this weekend! Love it!

Joanne said...

Ooo good idea! I might even dip some strawberries in this just for posterity's sake!

oneordinaryday said...

I actually think I like the idea of a dip even better than a cheesecake. Is that possible? This looks so bright and beautiful. Delicious idea.

jIll said...

What a creative idea. I wish I would have thought of it but I didn't so I'm probably going to steal it!! :) Looks delicious.

Karin said...

I am soooo making this for labor day!

eatme_delicious said...

Your idea to turn a cheesecake into a dip is one of the most brilliant ideas I've seen in a while!

Eliana said...

What a fantastic idea. I may have to steal this one from you.

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