by Tammy Taylor~
Who doesn’t love dessert? We don’t have dessert every night of course but my handsome RancherMan does have a sweet tooth. So it’s not unusual for me to have homemade brownies or even apple pie. Or depending upon how hectic the day was I might take a shortcut and make something like homemade chocolate pudding. A delicious dessert need not take lots of time or effort. Heck one of our favorite desserts is strawberries & fresh whipped cream. Dessert in a flash!
Here’s the abbreviated instructions: Wash/Dry strawberries, Slice/Sugar strawberries, thicken juice, make whipped cream (3 minutes), assemble & enjoy! Here’s how I do it…
Sugaring The Strawberries
I want the strawberries to release some of their juice and I also want them sweetened. So I rinsed and drained them well. Then I cut off the green-leaf top and sliced them thinly. I placed the slices in a bowl and each time I laid down a layer of strawberries I added a sprinkling of sugar. This sweetens them & also causes them to release some of their juice. I’ll be using that juice for my strawberries & cream dessert.
When the strawberries had been sliced & sugared I placed another bowl on top of them to cover and left them on the counter to do their thaaaang for a couple of hours.
Thickening Strawberry Juice
A couple of hours later I came back to check them they had juiced quite well. So I poured the strawberry juice into a pan and heated it with just a sprinkling of cornstarch to thicken it a bit. I guess I used about a 1/4th teaspoon but this will depend upon how much juice you have to be thickened. This thickening step only took about 2 minutes. Then I stirred the thickened juice back into the strawberries.
Assembling A Strawberry Dessert
When it was time to enjoy our strawberry delight I quickly whipped up homemade whipped cream. I like this recipe because it’s made with honey instead of powdered sugar. Plus I’m always pleasantly surprised at how quickly the whipped cream comes together – only about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to put your bowl & beaters in the freezer for about an hour beforehand so everything’s good & cold.
Now to serve I just assemble my strawberries-n-cream dessert. First I place my fresh sliced sugared strawberries with the thickened juice in a shallow bowl. Then I topped them with a hearty dollop of whipped cream and a couple of sliced strawberries on top just for pretty…
So there ya go! A delicious and beautiful dessert doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. This light and easy dessert is a favorite in the Taylor household.
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