Sunday, June 7, 2009

Three Cheers for Strawberries!! A Recipe

I am convinced that strawberries are a delight no matter your status in life. Who can't agree on a perfect strawberry? Who can resist their red goodness, plucked straight off the plant? Their beauty adorns (and has for generations!) colorful kitchen linens and curtains, pillows and pictures, canisters and more. And why not? They're perfection.

In addition to the the bliss of eating as much as you want of the plentiful strawberry harvest in any number of ways: just alone, crushed with a bit of sugar, over ice cream, over angel food can really impress with many desserts made with these tart berries, in particular you will please almost everyone with this dessert: CREAM PUFFS IN A PAN topped with your garden-fresh sliced strawberries.

Garnished with strawberries, and drizzled with chocolate, on a base of the light cream puff pastry topped with a layer of vanilla pudding: it's heaven on earth. When you take a big pan of these to any potluck or picnic, you will not be embarrassed to be seen taking any of your dessert home: it will for sure be enjoyed and exclaimed over. Be aware that if you make these all alone at your house, the temptation will be way, way too much for you. You'll need help to resist the lure.

This dessert is best served fresh. KEEP COLD if not served immediately.

1 cup water
1 cup oleo
1 cup flour
4 eggs

3 c. milk
2 small boxes INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
Cool Whip
Chocolate syrup to drizzle

Boil water and oleo. Add flour after removing from heat. Beat in eggs, one at a time, with a fork and spread on a well-greased jelly roll pan or sheet cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool. Crust WILL BE UNEVEN.

While crust bakes, prepare filling. Beat together pudding, milk, and cream cheese. (Chill until crust is cool.) Spread over crust. Top that pudding layer with a layer of cool whip. Cut dessert into squares. Garnish every square with a strawberry half. Drizzle the whole dessert artfully with Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Grab a full cold glass of milk, or make a pot of coffee or tea and ENJOY!

The crust is bright yellow going into the oven...

It puffs up as it bakes and eventually looks like a freaky lunar surface...

The pudding mixture is DELISH and is a soft creamy and'll have no trouble at all finding someone to lick the beaters!

It makes a WONDERFUL big jellyroll panful! THIS PAN IS MISSING THE DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE! I was out... a disaster! And you can be sure that's on my grocery list this week....gotta have the drizzled chocolate! It makes it so tasty with the strawberries, and of course, much prettier!Invite in your friends and neighbors and even your great aunt Bessie, put the coffee pot on and GO TO TOWN on those babies!

He picked over a gallon today off our little strawberry patch. So those that didn't get used to garnish the dessert, or eaten in a bowl as a bedtime snack, were stemmed, washed, drained, and crushed or partially crushed, then a scant amount of sugar stirred in, then packaged in quart bags, labeled, then frozen laying flat in a 9 x 13 cake pan, so they can be stored in the freezer standing up in one of the freezer baskets to use this coming winter. To me, freezing them this way makes them the most useful to us. They can be made into pie, eaten on top of shortcake or biscuits, or over ice cream, or taken out to make a batch or two of jam at Christmastime for gift-giving. Nothing tastes better on a bitterly cold February evening than a bowl of "fresh" strawberries from our garden!


Unknown said...

Yum! I can almost taste it! I'll be giving this one a try!

blushing rose said...

Here comes more 'junk in my trunk'! TY for sharing. TTFN ~ Marydon

KathyB. said...

Our strawberries are just starting, the wild strawberries have red berries now, but my freezer is still stocked with strawberries from last year. I think I just might make this dessert. Thanks!

Rue said...

Good morning Joni :)

That looks YUMMY! I love your new bowl too :)


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love strawberries! Thanks for the recipe! Sounds delish!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

There is nothing like fresh strawberries. I assume you have grown all of these beauties? I have tried several times to raise strawberries but only get a few little ones and then the plants die. Could it be the extreme heat we have or is it something I am probably doing wrong? Your goodies sound delicious! blessings,Kathleen

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Goodness Joni! What a yummy recipe you have shared with us all! Must try them! Your blog is always so bright and uplifting to me! I just mailed off your package today and will email you the tracting #. I added some cupcakes and a cake to it! I think you will be happy!


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Thanks a lot.
Strawberries are one of my favorites...straight from the carton, in a pie, or topping a shortcake. Now there's one more reason to add to the poundage that seems to be creeping on this 5ft frame!!!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Oh this strawberry recipe sounds absolutely wonderful, as fast as I can get to the store and buy the ingredients, i'm going to try it !
Thanks for sharing, I love your blog....