CHEESECAKE WITH BERRIES & CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Cheesecake with Berries & Ganache - Butter With A Side of BreadMother’s Day is just around the corner! Not sure about the rest of you, but on that one day, I pretty much take a day off. From life. Ha! No, really, my ideal day would be filled with naps, bubble baths, eating incredible food I didn’t cook and lots and lots of chocolate. My problem? My husband  boils water and makes toast- that’s pretty much the extent of his cooking skills. The good news is, I have simple, easy to follow recipes like this delicious cheesecake that even he can prepare!

There are a wide variety of Sara Lee desserts at your local Kroger store- I picked up the classic cheesecake and also grabbed a few tubs of Cool Whip for my dessert. Both Sara Lee and Cool Whip are staples in our house; I love always having them on hand for impromptu get togethers or even special occasions like this.  They are brands I trust that offer a delicious and simple way to help my husband make me an amazing dessert. Hint, hint, dear. Not only do I feel special, but trust me, if your family is anything like ours, they’ll see this cheesecake and quickly gather around, forks in hand! It’s something everyone enjoys.

The sugared berries are optional, but I love the little extra element they add to the top of the cheesecake. They’re super simple to make too- even your kids can help. The Cool Whip Ganache is incredible too! Ganache usually calls for heavy whipping cream, so not only is using Cool Whip a lighter option, but it’s less expensive and easy to pull a tub from the freezer, instead of running to the store for fresh whipping cream.

So add Sara Lee Cheesecake and Cool Whip to your Kroger store grocery list and get ready to impress your guests…

Classic Cheesecake with Sugared Berries & Chocolate Cool Whip Ganache

  • 1 Sara Lee Original Cream Cheesecake
  • 1 8-oz tub Cool Whip
  • 2 cups fresh mixed berries
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar

To prepare the sugared berries: Whisk 1 egg white until frothy. Brush clean berries with a small amount of egg white, then roll in granulated sugar until coated. Let sit on a piece of parchment paper (or wax paper) for 2-3 hours, then use to top dessert. I had strawberries as well, but didn’t like the idea of topping the cheesecake with a bunch of whole strawberries, so I sugared raspberries and blackberries, then sliced the fresh strawberries to put on top of the cheesecake.

To prepare the Cool Whip Ganache: Combine 1 tub of Cool Whip, 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 TBSP of butter in a medium sized microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute 15 seconds. Whisk until mixture combines and forms a smooth chocolate glaze. Let stand about 10 minutes to cool slightly, then pour or drizzle it on top of cheesecake.

Putting it all together:

Pour about half of the ganache on the defrosted cheesecake. Tilt the plate slightly so that the ganache covers the entire surface. I even added more to drip down the sides a bit!

Slice 4-5 strawberries. Using the 2 or 3 largest pieces from each berry, arrange slices in a circle, tip of the strawberry slice pointing outwards. Create another smaller circle of berry slices in the same manner, layering the slices slightly. Finish with just a few slices creating the final circle. Make sure there is a small amount of space left in the center to arrange a few of the sugared berries there. Transfer a spoonful of the ganache to a small baggie. Clip the corner and drizzle ganache on top of the sliced strawberries.

Arrange several sugared berries in the center of the cheesecake, as well as around the outside of the plate.

Slice & Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container.

You can find Sara Lee Desserts and Cool Whip Whipped Topping products in the frozen foods section at your local Kroger grocery store! 

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CHEESECAKE WITH BERRIES & CHOCOLATE GANACHE

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Ingredients

  • 1 Sara Lee Original Cream Cheesecake
  • 1 8-oz tub Cool Whip
  • 2 cups fresh mixed berries
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. To prepare the sugared berries: Whisk 1 egg white until frothy. Brush clean berries with a small amount of egg white, then roll in granulated sugar until coated. Let sit on a piece of parchment paper (or wax paper) for 2-3 hours, then use to top dessert. I had strawberries as well, but didn't like the idea of topping the cheesecake with a bunch of whole strawberries, so I sugared raspberries and blackberries, then sliced the fresh strawberries to put on top of the cheesecake.
  2. To prepare the Cool Whip Ganache: Combine 1 tub of Cool Whip, 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 TBSP of butter in a medium sized microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute 15 seconds. Whisk until mixture combines and forms a smooth chocolate glaze. Let stand about 10 minutes to cool slightly, then pour or drizzle it on top of cheesecake.
  3. Putting it all together:
  4. Pour about half of the ganache on the defrosted cheesecake. Tilt the plate slightly so that the ganache covers the entire surface. I even added more to drip down the sides a bit!
  5. Slice 4-5 strawberries. Using the 2 or 3 largest pieces from each berry, arrange slices in a circle, tip of the strawberry slice pointing outwards. Create another smaller circle of berry slices in the same manner, layering the slices slightly. Finish with just a few slices creating the final circle. Make sure there is a small amount of space left in the center to arrange a few of the sugared berries there. Transfer a spoonful of the ganache to a small baggie. Clip the corner and drizzle ganache on top of the sliced strawberries.
  6. Arrange several sugared berries in the center of the cheesecake, as well as around the outside of the plate.
  7. Slice & Enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container.
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