I prepared this dessert for a Mexican themed evening with my Girl Gang. It looks absolutely amazing and it’s super easy to prepare. I was looking for some Mexican dessert online, but I wanted something less complicated than flan. Then I remembered Ashlee Marie’s Cream Cheese Chimichangas, they are simply irresistible and I tried them before. But this time, I wanted a twist, so I swapped white granulated sugar for healthier coconut sugar, added strawberries and matcha green tea powder. The outcome is sweet and creamy, a lovely combination of juicy strawberries and subtle bitterness of the matcha green tea. And the colours are fabulous! I believe this filling would work great with crepes too.
12 regular size tortilla wraps
150g digestive biscuits, crushed
For the filling:
600g cream cheese
400g strawberries cut into pieces (halved quarters)
2 tsp of matcha green tea powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the sugar coating:
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
Crush the digestive biscuits. Put them into a clean plastic bag and use a rolling-pin. It doesn’t matter if they are not perfectly and evenly crushed.
Make sure the cream cheese is room temperature when you start using it. With a food processor, beat the cream cheese, the coconut sugar, the matcha powder and the vanilla extract all together. Beat the egg in a cup, scramble, then add it to the mixture and lightly mix it in with a wooden spoon. Lastly, fold the strawberries into your batter.
Prepare your coating sugar, by mixing the sugar with cinnamon.
Start filling your tortilla wraps. Lay out a tortilla wrap, place 2 tbsp biscuit crumbs in the middle and put 3 heaped tbsp of batter on the top of it. Place them right next to each other, quite tightly, so they would form a rough rectangle shape. See photos. Fold the sides, I formed small envelopes, which I quite like. Secure it with a toothpick.
Heat the oil and fry them on 170C. It only takes 2 minutes each sides. Keep an eye on them, they can burn quickly. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
I had to reheat them to serve them at the party, it was good, however not so good when cold. Obviously, the best when served immediately.