So, continuing with this past weekend’s trend of using almonds, I found a recipe for a Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart during a recent shopping excursion at the local grocery store. After looking through recipe after recipe in the grocery store magazine aisle, I finally settled upon this one. But, I’m not going to lie, at first glance, I solely wanted to try this recipe because it looked “pretty” and it contained almonds. It wasn’t until after my impulse buy and I was in the car already on the way home that I realized that this would be a perfect dessert for a dinner party: light, summery, and the strawberries I had chosen were actually ripe!
Step 1: Crush Graham Crackers (You
Can Use a Food Processor — I Just Chose
to Smash Them in Bags!)
Step 2: Combine Crushed Graham Cracker
Crumbs With Butter and Sugar
Step 3: Spray Pan With Cooking Spray;
Press Graham Cracker Crumbs Into Pan
Step 4: Mix Cream Cheese With Almond
and Vanilla Extracts Plus Sugar
Step 5: Cut Fresh Strawberries
Step 6: Add Strawberries and
Almonds to Top; Bake and Enjoy!
Although I altered a few things from the original recipe, I’m happy with how it turned out. I really liked implementing nuts into this dessert because I often don’t ever think to add them to desserts. The key for the best flavor is to toast the almonds and the key to the best construction of this dessert is to use enough cooking spray (I didn’t and had some architectural failure when taking it out of the spring form pan). Anyway, all in all, this is a flavorful dessert that is light and doesn’t leave you feeling too full which is just perfect for summertime!
So, in true patriotic spirit, I attempted a few “July 4th-like” desserts. Of course, I did the classic cake July 4th cake, complete with strawberries and blueberries. Note to self: always make sure to dry the strawberries before putting on the cake… if they are juicy, they will fall, drip, and make a complete mess/unelegant presentation.
Happy July 4th!
So, I tried to be creative with the inside of the cake with red, white, and blue layers. Unfortunately in this case, the red dye didn’t turn out quite red. Apparently America’s colors are now “pink, white, and blue.”
In addition to a cake, I made these very simple chocolate and sprinkle dipped marshmallows. I found this awesome recipe from Lauren Conrad‘s blog (as seen here). These were a definite hit that I will look forward to making next year!
One of my friends who lives in Berkeley decided to come home for a surprise visit this weekend. In turn, we assembled a last-minute dinner party to celebrate her return. Naturally, I wanted to make something for dessert. But, I was completely indecisive and wanted to make something that wouldn’t take too much time or effort. It wasn’t until I woke up to an intensive bout of sunshine Saturday morning that I felt compelled to make a spring-inspired dessert (fingers crossed that the sunshine continues!). So, while perusing through possible spring desserts, I finally settled upon Strawberry Shortcakes.
Step 1: Create Dough with Butter,
Sugar, Salt, and Milk
Step 2: Drop Dough Onto Greased Pan;
Spread Whipping Cream and Sugar On Top
Step 3: Combine Strawberries, Fresh
Lemon Juice, and Sugar (Let Sit for 1.5 Hours)
Step 4: Bake Dough and Slice Each In Half
Step 5: Use a Mixer to Create Whipped
Cream With Heavy Whipping Cream and Sugar
Step 6: Assemble Whipped Cream,
Cakes, and Strawberries Together
This recipe was definitely quick, easy, and a nice change from the usual dessert rotation. Although it is a rich dessert, I want to experiment with making miniature Strawberry Shortcakes for next time.
All in all, the dinner party was so much fun. I love catching up with friends over a nice dinner, dessert, and wine.
Do you find yourself burning desserts in the oven? Do you attempt to bake only to realize that you don’t have enough ingredients? Do you sometimes believe that cooking something from scratch is just too expensive?
I realize this already sounds like the beginning of a terrible infomercial; however, bear with me, because if you have felt any of the grief or agony from the prior three questions, you may want to consider making Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Simply, Chocolate Covered Strawberries are:
- Simple – Melt, Dip, Set – doesn’t get much easier than that!
- Few Ingredients – Only TWO needed!
- Inexpensive — $3.99 (Strawberries) + $2.99 (Chocolate) = $6.98 dessert (shared amongst a few people of course!)
Just make one batch and you’ll be completely smitten. In fact, I 100% guarantee it. All right, perhaps I took the infomercial influence too far, but you get the point!
Step 1: Clean Strawberries and Dry
Step 2: Melt Chocolate and Dip Strawberries
Step 3: Set on Parchment Paper
for 30 Minutes and Enjoy!
I’m a firm believer of Strawberries and Chocolate. It just never seems to disappoint!