Strawberries in the winter! Can you believe it? As a little girl growing up, we seldom had fresh fruit in the winter. It was unheard of. When I would have a craving for strawberries and there was snow on the ground in Ohio, I was told to "wait for summer"! Ugh, do you know how long that is when you are 8 years old? F-o-r-e-v-e-r! But now I am an adult and one of the things I am loving~Fresh from Florida Strawberries! And I mean FRESH!, and in the winter! I can enjoy A Taste of Summer All Winter Long! These strawberries are amazing. I tasted them and I immediately had to make this Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Parfait. It is such a great way to start your day. This recipe contains 8 strawberries, which just so happens to be enough to fullfill your Vitamin C requirements for the day, and they are only 50 calories! You can find out more about Florida Strawberries from Strawberry Sue!
This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in
conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All
opinions are my own.
This Strawberry Mango Homemade Popsicle is the perfect way to get some relief from the sometimes sweltering heat of summer. And they are so easy to make! Bursting with strawberry goodness, with just a hint of mango, the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!!
How are you set for shortcake this summer? Are you getting your fill or are you wanting more? When it comes to shortcake, I am always wanting more. I like to change up the way I eat it, but every style has to have the essentials: strawberries, pound cake, whipped cream and milk. This Tall Stack of Shortcake has all the requirements, and it looks pretty too! I baked the shortcakes in a pan with lots of small squares, but you could also make a large square shortcake, and just cut it to size.
It's the last day to enter our giveaway, and to celebrate~we made pie! Chocolate Strawberry Pie to be exact! These pies are the perfect make ahead mini dessert for parties, family dinners, or backyard get togethers. They actually taste best if made ahead of time and then refrigerated until you are ready to eat them. They are easy to put together with filo dough crust, chocolate pastry cream and fresh strawberries!
Chocolate Strawberry Pie
(makes 16 pies)
1 roll (1/2 box) Filo Dough
1/2 stick melted Butter
1 1/4 cups whole Milk
2 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate
3 Egg Yolks
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons+2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Vanilla
approx 12-15 Fresh Strawberries
Whipped Cream (I used canned)
Filo is easy to work with as long as you keep it covered
at all times. It does not like air! Open your roll of filo,
set it next to your work area, and place a piece of saran wrap over the
filo sheets. I used 5 sheets to make 4 crust cups.
Take one filo sheet and place it on a cutting board or
other work surface. Using a pastry brush, and starting at the
edge, going toward the center, brush your melted butter over the filo.
When you are done, take another piece of filo from your stack,
and place it over your buttered piece. Brush this piece just like you
did the first one. Continue doing this until all 5 pieces are brushed with butter.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cut out 4" circle of the filo. I apologize for no pics.
I used a 4" lid and cut around it with a paring knife.
Place the filo dough into a regular size muffin tin.
It is not necessary to spray or grease the tin.
You will only get about 4 circles out of every 5 pieces.
To get sixteen pieces, do this a total of 4 times.
Bake your filo for 8-9 minutes.
Let cool and remove from pan.
In a saucepan, warm the milk on low heat. In a separate
bowl, while the milk is warming, mix together the egg yolks,
sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Once the milk
is steaming, add the semisweet chocolate to the steaming milk.
Whisk until it is fully incorporated.
Add half of the chocolate milk to the egg mix. This is
called tempering the eggs.
Once you add the milk,
whisk the egg mix constantly. You are getting the eggs
used to the heat of the milk without cooking them.
Add the milk and egg mix back into the pan
with the rest of the milk. Keep stirring.
Heat the milk and egg mix for 1-2 minutes until the
custard reaches 170 degrees and becomes very thick.
Remove from heat, and add vanilla.
Chill before filling crust cups.
To fill the crust, slice a strawberry into 1/4's and place
1 piece into the bottom. Cover with chocolate pastry cream.
If you are preparing a lot of these and want to have
as much done as you can ahead of time stop here.
Do the rest right before serving.
Fill the top of the chocolate with whipped cream.
Top the whipped cream with a strawberry, sliced
lengthwise, or a whole strawberry is you have
one that is small and not so heavy that it falls
down into the whipped cream.
Thanks for joining me today!
This is the last day to enter our giveaway.
The giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST tonight.
You can enter by leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite mini
go back to the post for the last week and enter on those days by leaving
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The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good Luck!!!
This week will be a week of mini's! What the heck am I talking about? Well, I just love little bite sized mini desserts, and if you are like me, you can't get enough of them either! So, starting today I will be making and posting (and eating!) a mini dessert everyday! Doesn't that sound like fun! I know, I love it too! :)
In celebration of our "mini week" The Freshman Cook is giving away a "Just Mini Desserts"cook book along with a Libbey, Just Desserts, 25 piece parfait! You must comment in the comment section and tell me what your favorite mini dessert is. You can comment every day this week until Sunday, July 15. Each day you comment is an entry. If you would like additional entries you may follow The Freshman Cook, and like our facebook page. Of course, that can only be done once and it doesn't matter what day you do that. So if you enter every day, like us on facebook, and follow us, you will have a total of 9 entries. I hope to hear from you!
Our first mini is a takeoff on strawberry shortcake and I call it Creamy Dreamy Shorties. Its made of strawberries, pastry cream, and pound cake, and topped with whipped cream. Yum!
Creamy Dreamy Shorties
1 1/2 cups Butter
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
3 cups Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
3 cups Flour
1/8 teaspoon Salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour bread pans.(or really any kind of pan)
Beat your butter and cream cheese until creamy.
About 2 minutes.
Add your sugar a little at a time beat for 5-7 minutes.
Add your eggs, one at a time, beating just until
the yellow disappears. Add vanilla and mix well.
Combine your flour and salt in a bowl, then gradually
add the mix to your butter mixture. Have your mixer
at low speed and mix just until blended.
Pour into your prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes, then take it out of the pan.
2 cups Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/3 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Using a heavy saucepan, stir together the milk
and 1/4 cup sugar.
Bring to a boil over medium heat.
In a medium bowl, mix together the egg yolk and the egg.
In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and the
1/3 cup of sugar.
Then stir the sugar and cornstarch mix in to the
egg mix and ...
stir until smooth.
When your milk comes to a boil, drizzle about 1/2 of the milk into
the egg mix. This is called tempering the eggs.
You slowly add the milk so that the eggs can get used to the
high temperature and they won't curdle or cook.
As you are pouring, stir or whisk the eggs.
Once your eggs are mixed, pour the egg and milk
mix back into the pan with the rest of the milk.
Slowly bring the mix to a boil, stirring the entire time
until it thickens.
After it has thickened, remove from the heat.
(mine is still on the stove, but on a turned off burner)
Add your vanilla and butter, stirring until the
butter is completely blended.
Pour cream in to heat proof container.
Place a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the cream.
Make sure it is touching the cream.
This way a skin can not develop on the cream.
Refrigerate until chilled.
Cut up a few strawberries.
I made a little extra here.
If your strawberries need a little sweetening, sprinkle a
spoonful or two of sugar on them. Mix it up and refrigerate.
Cut up some of the pound cake into small bite size pieces.
Use more or less depending on the size of your serving dish.
I went back and cut my strawberries into small pieces
as I was putting this together. Plus I wanted a few tiny pieces
for garnish on the top.
I filled the bottom with short cake, then added some
strawberries, and then some pastry cream.
Top it with whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.
This can be changed around according to the size
and design of your dish.
Thanks for joining me today!
Please stop by tomorrow for another mini recipe
and don't forget you can enter the giveaway every day.
The giveaway ends on Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 11.59pm PST.
If you are grilling this weekend, add this quick and simple dessert to your menu. I grilled strawberries and banana, but you could use any fruit you like, such as peaches, plums, oranges, pineapple, or even watermelon. The heat from the grill really brings out the sugar in the fruit. So good!
Grilled Fruit Sundae
(adapted from Ellie Krieger)
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
Spray your grill with cooking spray.
Cut the tops off of your strawberries, and slice in half lengthwise.
Today is reveal day for the Improv Challenge! This challenge is always fun and this month our two ingredients are strawberries and cream. Does anything say summer more than that? So I went with cream cheese cookies covered with frosting made with strawberry coulis for taste and color.
Here's to a Happy Summer!
Cream Cheese Cookies w/Strawberry Coulis Icing
Cream Cheese Cutouts
1/2 cup Butter, softened
3 ounce Cream Cheese
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Cream together your butter, cream cheese, and sugar until
light and fluffy.
Add your egg and vanilla.
Combine your flour and baking powder and
spoon into wet mixture. Mix. Divide your dough into
two pieces and cover and chill until firm; about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, cut out your dough.
Bake for 7-0 minutes until done.
(adapted from Antonia74-Cake Central.com)
6 oz warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
1/4 cup Strawberry Sauce
Pour the warm water in a mixing bowl.
Add the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds. It should be thicker and frothy.
Add your cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on the lowest speed for 10 minutes.
Icing will get thick and creamy.
Cover icing immediately.
Tale about 2 cups of icing out of the bowl.
Slowly pour in just a little at a time of the strawberry sauce.
Icing should begin to turn color and take on the taste
of a strawberry. Add more as needed.
Start by outlining and filling in the leaves on your
strawberry cookies. The leaves on real
strawberries are never perfect or the same,
and mine aren't either. (That sounds like a good excuse
to cover a mistake, doesn't it? :))
Let all the leaves dry. I made 2 dozen of the cookies, so
I just outlined and filled in all the leaves first.
Then I outlined the rest of the cookie in the strawberry icing.
I went rather low on the top outline because of the danger of
getting the strawberry icing on the green leaf.
Fill in the body of the strawberry, then go back to the top where
the leaf is and push the icing gently with your paintbrush.
There you have it.
When I made my frosting, I used a homemade
strawberry coulis that I made last week, instead
of a store bought sauce.(I'll be posting the recipe for the
coulis tomorrow) The fresh sauce gave the cookies a
true strawberry look because of the flecks of strawberry.
(you can barely see it in the pic)
However, the store bought sauce
might give a more intense flavor.