Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum

May 18, 2020
Love spring and summer's fresh strawberries?  They're even better enjoyed in this dreamy, creamy Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum!  A layer of fresh berries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness makes for one very tasty dessert, indeed.  As an added bonus, this Southern classic dessert is no-bake, too.
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There's not much I love more than fresh spring strawberries, picked straight from the field.

We're fortunate to live within a couple miles of three strawberry farms, and I just can't wait each year until they open with their beautiful, bountiful crop of newly-ripe juicy berries.  We're always there on opening day or shortly after to grab a flat or two. -- And we gobble most of them up just as they are, with just a quick rinse and not even bothering to cut off their little leaf caps.

Though I do try to save some of the juicy beauties from our gobbling so there's enough to make a wonderfully delicious fresh strawberry treat -- like Southern Strawberry-Coconut Punch Bowl CakeFresh Strawberry Bread, or our very favorite Scrumptious Strawberry Cobbler.

A layer of fresh berries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness makes for one very tasty dessert, indeed.

This season, as soon as we got home with our opening-day flat, I set aside enough berries safe from our straight-from-the-field gobbling to make a pan of this Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum.  With its layer of fresh strawberries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness, it's one of our absolute favorite desserts.

I'm not sure where Yum Yum dessert originated, or how its name came to be.  But Yum Yums are a very popular Southern dessert, ranging in all sorts of flavors -- from Cherry Yum Yum to ever-classic Blueberry Yum Yum, and even summery Peach Yum Yum.

Strawberry is a very popular flavor, as well.  It's typically made with canned strawberry pie filling, like in our classic No-Bake Strawberry Yum Yum recipe.  But in this strawberry version, the recipe forgoes the usual canned filling and takes advantage of the fabulous flavor of fresh strawberries instead.   

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To whip up a pan of this no-bake deliciousness, start by making the strawberry filling.

Place about 5 or 6 cups of sliced strawberries in a saucepan.  Sprinkle the berries with dry strawberry Jell-o powder and stir the mixture gently to evenly coat the berries. 

Sugar-free strawberry Jell-o works just fine, too, if you'd prefer that over the regular.


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Then heat the coated berries over medium-low heat just until the Jell-o powder is dissolved. 
Remove the berry filling from the heat and set it aside to cool while you prepare the Yum Yum crust and creamy-layers mixture.

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Once the strawberry filling is prepared and cooling, make the Yum Yum's graham cracker crust.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl and blend them together with a fork until the crumbs are moistened.

Set aside 3 tablespoons of crumbs to sprinkle on the top of the finished dessert.  Press the rest of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan that's been coated with non-stick cooking spray.

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Then mix together the Yum Yum's characteristic creamy-layers mixture.

Cream together softened cream cheese, some confectioners' sugar, and a little vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.  Then in a separate bowl, whip up some homemade whipped cream.  

Mix together the whipped cream and cream cheese mixture until it's all well combined.

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Spread a little less than half the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust.

Then gently spoon and spread the cooled strawberry filling evenly over the cream cheese layer.

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Top the strawberry layer with the remaining cream cheese/whipped cream mixture. Gently spread it evenly over the strawberry layer, covering it completely.

Sprinkle the top with the 3 tablespoons reserved graham cracker crumbs.  Then cover and refrigerate the finished Yum Yum for several hours or overnight before serving.

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With chilling, the Yum Yum layers set up a bit and the flavors meld together beautifully. 

The Jell-o powder coating the strawberries adds sweetness to the filling, and helps the strawberries gel into a nicely set, clean-cutting layer of berries in the middle of the dessert.

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And it's a dessert you won't be able to wait to dig into, for sure.

So if you love spring and summer's fresh strawberries like we do, give them a try in this dreamy, creamy Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum.  

With its layer of fresh berries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness, it's one very tasty dessert, indeed.  And a true no-bake Southern classic.

Check out these other tasty Yum Yum desserts:
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Yield: about 12 servings
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Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum

Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum

Love spring and summer's fresh strawberries? They're even better enjoyed in this dreamy, creamy Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum! A layer of fresh berries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness makes for one very tasty dessert, indeed. As an added bonus, this Southern classic is no-bake, too.
Prep time: 30 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 35 M

Ingredients:

Crust:
Strawberry Filling:
Cream Cheese Mixture:
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 4 c. whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 6 T. granulated sugar

Instructions:

Prepare the Strawberry Filling:
  1. Place sliced strawberries in a saucepan and sprinkle with dry Jell-o powder; stir gently to evenly coat berries. 
  2. Heat over medium-low heat just until Jell-o is dissolved. 
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Prepare the Crust:
  1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Blend with a fork until crumbs are moistened.
  2. Set aside 3 tablespoons of crumbs to sprinkle on the top.
  3. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Mixture:
  1. With an electric mixer, cream together softened cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream, granulated sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  3. By hand, mix together whipped cream and cream cheese mixture until well combined.
Assemble the Yum Yum Layers:
  1. Spread a little less than half the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture evenly over the crust.
  2. Gently spoon and spread cooled strawberry filling evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Top strawberry layer with the remaining cream cheese/whipped cream mixture. Gently spread it evenly over the strawberry layer, covering it completely.
  4. Sprinkle the top with the 3 tablespoons reserved graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. 2 (16 oz.) packages of strawberries will yield the about 5 to 6 cups sliced berries needed in this recipe.
  2. Sugar-free strawberry Jell-o works just fine, if you'd prefer.
  3. You can substitute 16 ounces of Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping for the homemade whipped cream in the cream cheese mixture if you'd like.
  4. You can easily halve this recipe and prepare it in an 8x8-inch pan.
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