Berry Cream Cheese

Being lactose intolerant hasn’t been too hard for me. Luckily, I can handle goat and sheep milk products. One thing I really really miss is a warm bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Honestly, cream cheese is my nemesis. It’s the one dairy product I cannot handle. Another lucky fact is that I really enjoy the flavor of the Tofutti cream cheese. Hubby enjoys it too! I honestly don’t believe why I didn’t think to make this Berry Cream Cheese before. It’s so freaking tasty!

You could use some store bought all-fruit jam if you don’t want to make your own. But if you have a few minutes, it’s really worth the effort. It’s really so simple. Mix jam with cream cheese, and VOILA! Berry cream cheese ready to be spread on your favorite bagel or toast. And obviously, to make things better, it’s PINK! Such a pretty color to help raise breast cancer awareness!

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Berry Cream Cheese

Ingredients:

For the jam:
1 cups ripe raspberries
1/3 cup ripe strawberries, stems removed
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp corn starch

For the cream cheese:
6 Tbsp cream cheese
¼ cup jam, preferably homemade

Directions:

To make the jam:
Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pan. Boil on low for at least 45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge. Yields ¼ cup of jam.

To make the berry cream cheese:
Simply whip together the cream cheese and jam. Serve on toasted bagels. Store berry cream cheese in fridge.

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9 Responses to “Strawberry Blueberry Jam”

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    yumventures — June 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Mmm I love jam, and this looks great for strawberry season! I unfortunately don’t like blueberries — would you adjust the other ingredients if you minus them? Also where do you get canning jars? Yay, fun summer project!

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    Jen — June 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    yumventures – You can def leave the blueberries out. Follow the link through to Ina’s original recipe. It doesn’t have blueberries in it. The comments on the Food Network website did say that it was a bit sweet with the sugar listed in the recipe, so keep that in mind.

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    Katherine — June 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve never made homemade jam before…but wow this sure does look delicious!

    It would be great in some thumbprint cookies or linzer cookies…yumm.

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    laurasrecipecollection.com — June 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve never had strawberry & blueberry jam before. That looks divine!

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    themilkmanswife — June 3, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Oh, this looks wonderful! I’ve never made jam before but it’s on my list of things to try, this looks like the perfect way to get started. I love berry combos like this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Sarah — June 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Does this recipe require pectin? I’ve heard that pectin is found naturally in raspberries so you don’t need it for that kind of jam, but wasn’t sure if it applied to strawberry as well. I am new to making jam but am excited to try!

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    Jen — June 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Sarah – This recipe does not require pectin.

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    Vickie — June 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hey there.. I have done your strawberry/blueberry jam, and I’m tellin ya,, it was sooooo goooood. Not too sweet either. My problem was, it never would really thicken, and I checked it on a saucer I kept in the freezer. It remained runny,, but ohh sooo good. I gave it away to family and they loved it. I’m just preparing to do more,, fingers crossed, I do hope it gets a little thicker this time. If I were to put the slightest amount of pectin I’m wondering what would happen?????? I noticed this posting is from 2010

    • beantownbaker — June 15th, 2013 @ 11:44 am

      I think a little bit of pectin could help thicken the jam. If you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out.

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