Strawberry Coeurs a la Crème
1 pound cream cheese
2 cups whole-milk yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 quarts fresh strawberries, rinsed, trimmed and sliced
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
With a fork or blender cream together the cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla and half the sugar until the mixture is quite smooth. Place in a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or a clean, thin dish towel and place the strainer over a bowl. Refrigerate the mixture until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
Thirty minutes before serving, toss the strawberries with the remaining sugar and let sit at room temperature. Turn the cream cheese mixture out onto a plate and divide into 8 portions. Shape each portion into a heart and place on individual dessert plates. Top with the macerated strawberries and garnish with mint sprigs.