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No-bake Fruit and Cheese Dessert

No-bake Fruit and Cheese Dessert | casaveneracion.com

Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you have to serve a good-looking dessert but you have neither the time nor the multitude of ingredients that drop-dead gorgeous desserts often require? There’s a trick—use what you’ve got in your pantry. This no-bake fruit and cheese dessert, made by my daughter, Alex, was made with staples like fresh fruits, cream cheese, cream, sugar, butter and Graham crackers.

Okay, it’s “no-bake”… but, surely, there is some cooking required? No, none at all.

What fruits are good for making this dessert? Whatever you’ve got. Personally, I like fruits with a little tang in them to provide contrast with the sweetness of the Graham crackers and cream cheese mixture. Alex likes bananas and she just loves to pair it with caramel. There are no strict rules here—just let your imagination rule.

No-bake Fruit and Cheese Dessert
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
If you don't have whipped cream, use chilled cream with a high butterfat content (read more about whipping cream). Just whip until doubled in volume. Use a wire whisk, a hand mixer or a stand mixer. The prep time will take a little longer though.
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: CASA Veneracion
Ingredients
  • 1 cup crushed Graham crackers
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 65 grams cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • chopped or sliced fresh fruits
  • salted caramel or your preferred syrup, to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Stir together the crushed Graham crackers, one tablespoon sugar and melted butter.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with the remaining quarter cup of sugar until fluffy. Fold in the whipped cream.
  3. Place a teaspoonful of the Graham cracker mixture into glasses.
  4. Drop in a tablespoonful or two of the cream cheese mixture (a piping bag will do a cleaner job).
  5. Top the cream cheese mixture with pieces of fresh fruit.
  6. Repeat the three layers.
  7. Add a final dollop of cream cheese mixture.
  8. Optionally, drizzle in salted caramel.
Recipe Notes

If you're not a fan of caramel but you want to drizzle something over the no-bake fruit and cheese dessert to give it a polished look, here are two suggestions:

1. Chocolate syrup: Take equal amounts of chocolate and cream. Chop the chocolate. Heat the cream in the microwave just until bubbly. Stir in the chocolate until melted.

2. Fruit syrup: Stir jam and enough hot water to make the mixture pourable.

No-bake Fruit and Cheese Dessert

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