The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays! My fondest memories of Summer always bring me back to 4th of July. I spent my high school years in Huntington Beach which hosts the largest 4th of July parade East of the Mississippi. Let's just say the town goes nuts for 4th of July- people camp out for 2-3 nights to reserve a prime seat along the Parade route.
The Holiday reminds me of riding bikes, spending all day in the sun, watching fire works at my high school and then tucking my sun kissed skin into bed exhausted from a long day of activities.
Now that I have a family of my own, I am enjoying creating new memories. Since our days are so busy, I like simple recipes that are visually appealing.
This July 4th I wanted to create fun Red, White, & Blue desserts that "A" could help me prepare. Watch the video below and have your Little One's help you the kitchen while you prep the BBQ.
Stuffed Strawberry Cheesecake-
Strawberries are an easy fruit to cut so give your kiddo a butter knife and let them help. I let "A" help me cut off the stems, then I did the rest. She is only 2 years old so that was an appropriate task for her. If your kiddos are older, give them a spoon and let them scoop out the inside. Unless you are working with a teenager, I usually like to slice the bottoms off to make sure the strawberries stand up straight.
The filling is also a fun task for the kids to make. Let them help measure out the ingredients. Measure all the ingredients straight into a zip-lock bag and then have them mix mix mix with by squeezing everything together until well combined. This will take a bit longer but will give your kids the responsibility of preparing a dessert "on their own!" By mixing the ingredients in the bag you do not have to wash another dish :) Snip the corner and pipe the filling right into the strawberries.
To add a Patriotic flare, dust with blue sprinkles or stars. If you plan to add sprinkles make sure to serve right away so the sprinkles to not bleed onto the filling.
Stuffed Strawberry Cheesecake:
24 Strawberries, washed & dried
4 oz Whipped Cream Cheese
4 TB Confectioners Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Cut 1/8 inch off bottom of strawberry to allow it to stand up. Slice the top off the strawberry & scoop out the middle to create a bowl.
2. Whip together the Cream Cheese, Sugar and Vanilla until well blended.
3. Put filling into a zip-lock bag and snip 1 corner. Pipe the filling into the strawberries
4. Dust with Blue Sprinkles and stars & serve
More Red, White, & Blue...
Skewers are usually reserved for the grill.. but think outside the box and enjoy dessert on a stick! This is also a kid friendly recipe. Have your kiddos help create Red, White, & blue patterns with your ingredients. Then have them add to the skewer. I always encourage safety to prevent poking little hands with the sharp end… Place the food item on a cutting board and poke the skewer straight through until the point hits the cutting board, then pull up the ingredient, like threading a bead onto a string. Repeat with all ingredients.
Slice a watermelon into steaks. Using a Star Cookie Cutter, cut stars shapes into the watermelon.
On a skewer layer blueberries and marshmallows leaving 1/2 inch from the top.
Poke the skewers into a bucket filled with Styrofoam.
Add Watermelon stars to the top & serve!
On a skewer make a pattern of Strawberries, blueberries, & Sara Lee Pound Cake, cubed.
Arrange on platter and drizzle with melted white chocolate.