Chef Bubba Goes Outdoors!
May 20, 2013
Mes amis, it has been a long, cold winter for most of us. The winter cold has extended into May making us wonder if spring was ever coming. Finally, I feel the first signs of spring- the first Braves game, warm days with gentle breezes, birds singing in the morning, daffodils and young people graduating from high school. I am like the groundhog when I feel spring it is time for me to leave my kitchen at the Redneck Cafe to create some outdoor dishes. This old chef is looking at my backyard. I need to make it party ready for barbecues, block parties and more.
Of course I think about the great food I will prepare. I will leave my wife in charge of decorating. She is already planting flowers. She has placed beautiful planters around the perimeter of the patio. She is working on making new outdoor cushions for the furniture. I have plenty of barbecue recipes but I need to create a new dessert recipe. I know that brownies and cookies are very good, but I want something different. I have created dessert in a jar. This is easy to make and very good. For children, I would suggest using plastic cups instead of the pint mason jars. If you do not have mason jars, use old jelly jars.
Here is my recipe for no bake cheesecake in a jar:
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake In A Jar
1 ½ cups (8 oz. bars) cream cheese at room temperature
3 Tbs granulated sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 Tb fresh lemon juice
8 graham crackers, crushed (1 cup)
12 oz. fresh strawberries
½ cup strawberry jam
8 (8-oz. glass jars)
Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Reduce the mixer speed to low, add whipping cream slowly. Increase the speed to high and beat until thick and stiff about 2 minutes. Beat in the lemon juice.
Spoon in graham crackers into each jar. Alternate layers of cheesecake batter, strawberries, strawberry jam and graham crackers. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Dollop with whipped cream and strawberries as desired.
Is your passion chocolate? Eliminate the lemon juice and add ½ cup Nutella. Follow the instructions as written above.
As you sit on the patio enjoying pleasant conversation with your neighbors and watching the children chase lightning bugs, this dessert will be the perfect ending to a perfect day.
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