It’s strawberry time in Maine, and nothing beats those sweet, juicy berries right from the vine.
I even have some growing in a hanging basket on the porch.
There are so many things to do with strawberries, but the first thing that comes to my mind is a tried and true dessert that has been a favorite since my high school boyfriend’s mother taught me how to make it. It is easy to prepare, and I can’t tell you a time when someone hasn’t asked for the recipe.
Favorite Strawberry Dessert
15-18 unsalted crackers, finely ground
3 egg whites
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped
sliced strawberries, as many as you want
In a food processor or blender, grind the crackers. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and sugar a bit at a time and continue beating. Fold in the crackers and pecans, mixing well. Spoon into a lightly buttered 9″ pie plate and bake at 350 until lightly browned. Let it cool thoroughly before serving.
Slice the strawberries and add sugar to taste. Mix well and set aside. I also like to add a couple of tablespoons of amaretto to the berries for a special taste.
When ready to serve, you can mound strawberries on the crust and top with whipped cream or put the berries and cream on individual slices. I usually prefer the latter as it makes the crust a little easier to slice.
There you have it, a dessert that will generate moans around the table. It’s a super alternative to another tried and true favorite, strawberry shortcake.
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