This is my favorite no-bake, no-cook meal that comes together in a flash. A combination of two classics, cheesecake and fudge, is as delicious as each alone. A thin crust, cream cheese with chocolate, and fruit sauce on top are an unbeatable combination.
If, like me, you like a small tang of cheesecake and rich chocolate, this recipe is for you! The texture is smooth on top and slightly gritty on the bottom. In addition, I usually leave some fruit bits to nibble into since that is my favorite part. Because it’s strawberry season, I chose to create strawberry cheesecake fudge this time. Enjoy!
What Makes Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge Special?
It’s neither cheesecake nor fudge. The tangy taste of the cheese, combined with the buttery chocolate, results in a full-flavored custard. The berry sauce on top is somewhat tart but yet sweet, adding a much-needed fresh element to the dessert.
For a touch of acidity, I also like to add some lemon juice to the crust. This is a simple, yet delicious and visually appealing dessert. Happy Valentine’s Day, strawberry cheesecake chocolate paradise!
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge?
This recipe comprises a few foundation components that you may mix and match to your liking. You just need a little effort to get a lot of flavor. Here are the ingredients for this simple and tasty dessert.
- Graham crunch Make a crust using ground crackers. They contain some sweetness, so you don’t need to add any sugar or just a tiny amount.
- Juice of lemon Add some lemon juice or zest for some acidity to round out the flavor.
- Use a little amount of butter to connect all of the components.
- Sugar I merely mixed in enough white granulated sugar to break the crystals. Powdered sugar is an excellent replacement.
- The cream cheese The taste is built on cream cheese. It’s light and sweet with a tangy undertone.
- The white chocolate Because white chocolate contains sweet cream undertones, it combines well with cream cheese. They provide a silky texture when combined. Choose vanilla-infused chocolate for a more robust taste.
- Strawberry preserves I like jam with fruit chunks, although smooth jam would suffice. Also, if you have fresh strawberries, boil them briefly with some sugar to make a tasty topping.
Gather your ingredients and let’s create these delectable treats!
Step 1: Making the Crust
To make a gritty but shapeable paste, combine ground graham crackers, lemon juice, butter, and sugar to taste. Press a cake plate lined with parchment paper to the bottom. I like it thin, but you are free to do it your way.
To harden, place it in an oven preheated to 340 F (170 C) for 10 minutes. If you don’t want to make the crust, just sprinkle the crushed crackers with sugar and pour the cream over them.
Step 2: Making the Cream Cheese Fudge
To make a silky smooth cream, combine cream cheese and melted white chocolate. I also like to add extra vanilla to complement the rich taste of the white chocolate. You may also melt the chocolate in heavy cream.
I want to keep it light and refreshing, so I leave it out entirely. In addition, by combining chocolate and cream cheese immediately, the fudge will be hard and bite-size friendly. You may also add sugar to taste; however, I find that it is sweet enough as is.
Step 3: Finishing Touch
Pour a few tablespoons of semi-liquid jam with strawberry pieces on top. Swirl it with a toothpick in the cream-chocolate layer, and you’re done. It has a tie-dye design that looks great on the table.
Refrigerate for roughly an hour for a creamy texture, then freeze for an ice-cream-like refreshment. It will be juicy and melt in the tongue either way.
How to Store Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge?
Strawberry cheesecake fudge can keep in the fridge for approximately four days. To keep it fresh and delicious, wrap it in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Because of the cheese, it should not be kept at room temperature.