Monday, July 13, 2009

Frozen Strawberry Squares

Well, it appears that strawberry season is over. No more strawberries and bananas with milk (cream & sugar for my dearly beloved, who has never dieted a day in his life) and walnuts, the last batch of strawberry ice cream is being consumed, and, after 3 tries, I finally got this right.


1 cup flour

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar

No, there's no mistake. There are 3 listings for sugar.

To make the crust, melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave, then stir in the flour, walnuts and brown sugar. (Paula, you can use rice flour or ground almonds for your baby). Combine thoroughly, press into a greased 9x13 pan, and bake at 350F for 20 to 22 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

When the crust has cooled, slice the strawberries and mix with 1/4 cup sugar; set aside. As a note, you might wish to puree most of the berries, since the slices can become pretty hard in the freezer, and just keep a few slices for prettiness on the top. Beat the egg whites with 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Beat the cream with the other 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. (If you're not into whipping cream yourself, you can certainly use 2 cups of something like cool whip in place of my cream and sugar.) Carefully fold the cream and egg whites together, then fold in the strawberry slices (or puree). Spread atop the cooled crust, top with some pretty strawberry slices, and freeze for several hours. Cut into squares to serve.

My hubby eagerly ate both of my imperfect trials with my 2 youngest sons, and they are working their way through the last one. This enormous piece you see in my fat little fingers may be the only bit of this which I actually get. It's OK. That's better for my butt.

Gaylen, I was thinking of your strawberry patch when I came up with this one. JB can eat it for a week's worth of desserts, and he'll love it.


Katherine Aucoin said...

Marjie they look and sound more like dream squares. Your dessert looks beautiful and is my kind of treat!

Pam said...

Oh Marjie - this looks like my kind of dessert. There is NO WAY I could only eat that teeny tiny bit you did.

Paula said...

Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Ooooh yeah! This is my kind of dessert! This is absolutely wonderful! I love how pretty it looks, too. All that cream plus those berries! YUM! Using ground almonds in place of flour would work perfectly for my little gal. (By the way, we made the Betty Crocker gluten free cake you told me about! Thanks!) I fear that my serving of this strawberry heaven would be the same size as yours, not because that's what I'd cut for myself, but because that's all that would be left when my husband and kids got a hold of it!

Channon said...

Oh yum! This too is right up the Knight's alley. His mother makes some sort of frozen pie that is similar enough for me to be sure he'll love it.

The Blonde Duck said...

We should all not diet.

gaylen said...

Thank you :) I think I have one more batch of strawberries coming in. I'll have to try it. You know I only make and eat dessert once a week and Jay eats it the rest of the week.

And for what it's worth - your fingers are so not fat. Mine look like Jimmy Dean Sausages :) g

prairierunner said...

This looks so refreshing!! It's darn pretty too and I couldn't eat the tiny bit you did either, I might have left that much.

Grace said...

third time's a charm!! this is a beautiful dessert--i love the delicate pink hue, and i'm sure your unsuccessful versions were still pretty darn tasty. thanks for seeing this one through for us!

beadywitch said...

Yummmeee, i have stumbled onto ur blog through my search for a cream fish recipe, Yay and i found you, i am so going to have a go at that strawberry slice After i try the lemon fish recipe..........