Friday, September 19, 2014

No Bake Cheesecake with Kiwi Berry

If you haven’t been able to tell, I am a HUGE fan of dessert. I’ll try pretty much anything and am constantly experimenting with new flavors for a new combination.  Recently we were given Kiwi Berries in our CSA delivery.  I wasn’t really sure what they would taste like and what they could be cooked in.  After a little bit of research, I determined that mostly Kiwi Berry is a fruit that’s made into jam or eaten raw when ripe.  I’m not a fan of jam and after trying one of them, I looked for a new way of incorporating them into dinner.  I considered slow roasting them with meat, but frankly just wanted dessert that night.  You can certainly substitute a different kind of berries or fruit to go with this.

No-Bake Cheesecake w/Kiwi Berry

4 servings
30 minutes to prep

·       1 cup of Kiwi Berry
·       ½ granulated Sugar
·       1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar (divided)
·       1 pint Heavy Cream (about 2 cups, divided)
·       3/4 cup of water
·       1 package of Cream Cheese (8 oz.)
·       2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (divided)
·       3 Graham Crackers (crumbled)
·       2 Tsp. Butter (melted)

Add the Kiwi Berries, water, and granulated sugar to a small pan and gently heat up on the stove top.  You’ll need to mash them as they cook.  Allow it to cook down, about 10 minutes or so.  Set aside to cool.

While that is cooling begin the cheesecake filling.  Whip together ½ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar, Cream Cheese, 1 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract, and ½ of the pint of Heavy Cream in a large bowl.  It should create heavy fluffy mounds of awesomeness.

Melt butter in a small bowl and add graham cracker crumbles to it.  Mix until thoroughly combined.   

Empty rest of Heavy Cream into a bowl and add 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract and ½ cup of Confectioner’s Sugar.  Whip together until firm peaks form.  Pull out 4 small bowls or containers.  Begin to layer dessert.  Graham cracker crumbles on the bottom, a layer of cheesecake, a layer of berries, a layer of cheesecake, and lastly a layer of whipped cream on top.  

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