Showing posts with label Strawberries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Strawberries. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Strawberries and Cream Tart / #Ultimate Recipe Challenge


Sometimes food becomes coupled with other food, and it turns out to be a perfect match made in culinary heaven. That is how I feel about this Strawberries and Cream Tart. Of course, strawberries are a great match to lots of foods. But, I am talking about the "perfect" match. The creamy, tart, chocolatey flavors that exist only when you are taking a bite of the perfection that is known as this Strawberries and Cream Tart!
This tart is deceiving, as it is so very simple to make, and it comes together quickly. It should be made ahead of time, it only requires a few ingredients, and there are no last minute preparations needed! Your family will love it and your guests will be in awe!
Today I am participating in the #Ultimate Recipe Challenge. All the recipes have a strawberry theme. When you are done reading my recipe, please scroll down and enjoy all the other strawberry recipes!
 
Strawberries and Cream Tart
(printable recipe)
Makes 1 mini tart

2-3 Chocolate Graham Crackers, crushed into crumbs
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Sugar
7-10 large, fresh Strawberries


Pour the whipping cream in a large mixer. Start the mixer and mix on high speed. Add the confectioner's sugar. If you only have granulated sugar, you can use it. Continue to mix until stiff peaks begin to appear. It may take a bit longer if you are using granulated sugar. Set in fridge.
 
Mix the crushed graham crackers and the butter. You might not need the entire 1/4 cup of butter, so add it a little at a time, and mix before adding more. One you have the consistency you are happy with, place the graham cracker in the tart and move it around to fit the bottom and up the sides. Take 2 small scoops of the whipped cream and place in the tart.
Spread the whipped cream around the bottom of the tart.
 Slice a strawberry, so the slices fill the tart pan.
Add a layer of whipped cream, covering the strawberries. Cover the whipped cream with a layer of sliced strawberries.
Cover the strawberries with another layer of whipped cream. This is the top layer. 
 Decorate the top layer with strawberry slices and a whole strawberry in the center.
Refrigerate the tart until you are ready to serve. A few hours in the refrigerator allow the cream to saturate the graham crackers a bit, giving them a fantastic flavor. Cut into slices to serve.
 Enjoy!










Sunday, December 27, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Parfait / #FLStrawberry / #SundaySupper

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.


Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Parfait

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

 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!!
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Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Tall Stack of Shortcake

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.
A Tall Stack of Shortcake

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Pie and The Last Day of Our Giveaway!

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 dessert is.  
You can  go back to the post for the last week and enter on those days by leaving a comment on that page. For 2 extra entries, like us on our fan page on facebook, and follow us here at The Freshman Cook. 
 The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good Luck!!!




Monday, July 9, 2012

A Week of Mini's and a Giveaway!

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
Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups Butter
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
3 cups Sugar
6 Eggs
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.

Pastry Cream
2 cups Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg
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.

Strawberries
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.

Assembly
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.
Enjoy!

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.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Grilled Fruit Sundae!

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)

Cooking Spray
1 Banana
2 Strawberries
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
Strawberry Sauce

Spray your grill with cooking spray.
Cut the tops off of your strawberries, and slice in half lengthwise.
Slice banana in half lengthwise.
Place on grill. 
Turn when they begin to get brown. It only takes
a few minutes.
A week or so ago, I made this 
Strawberry Coulis. Now I will use it for this dessert.
Scoop the ice cream into your dish, and top with
strawberry sauce.
Place strawberry and banana pieces in your sundae.
Super simple~Super delicious!

Thanks for joining me today!

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