Strawberries Stuffed with Lavender-Honey Cream Cheese

© Jerry James Stone

A good friend of mine who is a writer for The Chronicle here in San Francisco tends to the rooftop beehives at the paper's downtown location. I've had the pleasure of visiting the hives a few times and when she gave me some of the honey, I was dying to do a recipe. It took me quite a while to get around to it, I admit. Mostly because I wasn't really finding a fit for the honey's unique flavor...but I finally did!

This recipe is divine. The lavender and honey brighten the strawberry's more tart notes and just makes a lush, simple and scrumptious dessert. And I tested it with other honeys too and it works just as well.

  • 1 carton of organic strawberries
  • 1 small package of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of dried culinary lavender
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

1. Let the cream cheese soften by placing it at room temperature for a few hours.

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2. Grind one tablespoon of dried lavender and stir it into the softened cream cheese.

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3. Mix in two tablespoons of honey to the cream cheese mixture.

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4. Add the cream cheese mixture to a pastry bag.

5. Cut the tops off the strawberries so that they sit flat and upright.

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6. Crown the strawberries or just slice them, whatever you prefer.

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7. Stuff the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture and serve!

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