Strawberry Jello Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit

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Unlike a lot of recipes that I make which I either find in cookbooks or online, this recipe was inspired by a new bakeware dish that I purchased at the local Marshall’s store shortly before winter holidays.  I was so excited to use it for festive holiday dishes this is what inspired me to come up with this dish (any many more to come:).  Making Jell-O is probably one of the easiest things one can do, just buy a ready made flavored little box, add water, put in the fridge and homemade desert is ready.   However, I wanted something a little more creamy and healthy, thus came the idea of using fresh fresh fruit embedded in Jello and Sour Cream/Cream Cheese base mixed with Sugar and Vanilla Extract.  It turned out absolutely delicious.  This desert also looked stunning in person, even this photo can’t do the justice to display it’s 3D effect:).  Most important of all however, it was extremely easy to make.

Norporo Holiday Tree Bundt CakepanMany of my friends and relatives have been asking me where to get it, and while I haven’t seen it in Marshal’s since, I was able to find it on Amazon, which now actually sells it much cheaper.  It is made by Nordic Ware and here is a link for it to amazon, we also added this product to our shop page for your convenience.

     Ingredients:

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1 cup of fresh blueberries
1 pack of strawberry Jello 

 

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2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
1 cup of cream softened cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup of fresh raspberries

 

How to make Strawberry Jello Cake

1.  Wash your berries, but keep them in separate bowls.  Dilute your Strawberry Jello according the instructions on the package you will be using.  However, you might add just a little bit less water to it for your jello to be slightly firmer for this cake.  In this recipe I used Jell-O brand Strawberry gelatin desert.  This can be bought in any local supermarket.

2.  Pour your jello in the form you will be using, it can be any form you would like it to be.  I used my Nordic Ware Holiday Bundt Tree Pan form I talked about earlier to make this cake.

3.  Then add your fresh blueberries inside, you will see that they will be floating on the top of the Jello and that is exactly what we need. Now you are ready to make bottom layer, so set this  form aside and leave it in your refrigerator until it firms up (can take 1-2 hours).

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4.  To make the bottom layer take out your pack of unflavored gelatin, softened package of cream cheese (can use regular 8 oz package), 1/2 cup of sour cream, vanilla extract and 3/4 cups of sugar.  Take a small saucepan add your 3/4 cups of water and sprinkle with 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin evenly over the water, allowing it to absorb the water for two minutes.    Then bring water to a boil while stirring well until all your gelatin is dissolved.

5. Transfer gelatin into a medium bowl, add your cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Beat the mixture until it is smooth and allow to cool until room temperature.

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6.  Now take out your mold with strawberry Jell-O from the refrigerator, make sure that the mixture is firm.  Then gently pour your cheesecake mixture over your your first jello layer and add your fresh strawberries evenly spreading them on the form.

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7.  Now you are ready to put it back in the refrigerator for few hours until the bottom layer will be set.  Finally once your cake is firm, you will need to turn it upside down.  To do that, take a large bowl (larger then mold, so the whole mold would fit inside of it) and fill it up with warm/to hot water and dip your form in the water for about 10-15 seconds.  Then take your cake stand or a large plate and by holding two of them (one over the other), turn the mold upside down.  Since your Jello-O might get a little softer around the edges, you might want to put it back in the refrigerator  for 15 minutes to firm up again.  Your cake is ready!  Enjoy!

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Strawberry Jello Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit
 
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Strawberry Jello Cheesecake with fresh blueberries and raspberries
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Recipe type: Desert
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • Jell-O Layer
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 pack of strawberry Jell-O
  • Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 cup of cream softened cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Wash your berries, but keep them in separate bowls. Dilute your Strawberry Jell-O according the instructions on the package you will be using. However, you might add just a little bit less water to it for your Jell-O to be slightly firmer for this cake and pour it in the form you will be using.
  2. Then add your fresh blueberries inside, you will see they will be floating on the top of the Jell-O and that is exactly what we need. Now transfer this form to the refrigerator until it firms up (can take 1-2 hours).
  3. To make the bottom layer take a small saucepan add your ¾ cups of water and sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin evenly over the water, allow it absorb the water for two minutes. Then bring water to a boil while stirring well until all your gelatin is dissolved.
  4. Transfer gelatin into a medium bowl, add your cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat the mixture until it is smooth and allow to cool until room temperature.
  5. Now take out your mold with strawberry Jell-O from the refrigerator, make sure that the mixture is firm. Gently pour your cheesecake mixture over your first Jell-O layer and add your fresh strawberries evenly spreading them on the form.
  6. Transfer the form back in the refrigerator for few hours until the whole cake will be set. Finally once your cake is firm, you will need to turn it upside down.
  7. Take a large bowl (larger then mold, so the whole mold would fit inside of it) and fill it up with warm/to hot water and dip your form in the water for about 10-15 seconds. Then take your cake stand or a large plate and by holding two of them one over the other, turn the mold upside down. Since your Jello-O might get a little softer around the edges, you might want to put it back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up again. Your cake is ready! Enjoy!

 

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