A few years ago when I worked in retail, I developed a taste for a bagel and cream cheese. I have Bruegger’s to thank because it was on my path to work. Whenever I had an early morning opening shift, I would stop by to get a bagel for breakfast. The sesame bagel, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, was my go-to order. The roasted strawberry cream cheese was born of that memory.
Strawberries are everywhere at this time of the summer. Lusciously red and calling out at the market, these superbly sweet fruits are quick to spoil. Roasting the strawberry to concentrate its flavor and then whipping it into cream cheese a good way of reducing waste.
This roasted strawberry cream cheese is perhaps one of the easiest recipes. It justs requires some patience to cut off the green tops of the strawberries and give a few cuts into slices. I usually would make this the night before I needed it (or perhaps, want it.) The nights are cooler and can handle a short stint of hot oven. Also, it gives the strawberries time to cool down and before being whipped into the cream cheese.
The other thing I would like to mention is how perfect the roasted strawberry would make in other recipes. Maybe a topping for a breakfast yogurt bowl or even as a filling for a donut. I have also tried to play with it by roasting the strawberries with some herbs like rosemary and thyme. This adds dimension. Don’t be afraid to play with it.
Roasted Strawberry Cream Cheese
- 8 oz Strawberries Cleaned and sliced
- 8 oz plain cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Toast strawberries slices with honey in a bowl. Transfer to a baking tray covered with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Make sure the slices are spread out.
- Roast until strawberries slices show slight caramelization. Usually about 15-20 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool down.
- Add cream cheese into a bowl. Whip the cream cheese until fluffy for about 5 minutes. Then add in the roasted strawberries and the pinch of salt. Whip another couple of minutes until well blended.