Desserts

Strawberry Treat

Who can resist sweet and juicy strawberries bursting with flavor?  Not me, nor can I  resist making an all time favorite dessert which came to me via a high school boyfriend’s mother.  That means I’ve been making it for a long time!

There are surely fancier strawberry concoctions, but for delicious, this one rivals any.  Heck, just looking at the picture makes me want a bite right now!  If you want to join me, here’s the very simple to make recipe.

Mrs. Ames’ Strawberry Dessert

3 cups strawberries, sliced and sweetened with sugar (I also add a tablespoon or two of Amaretto which adds the unexpected to the berries).  Set aside until ready to use.

Cracker crust

2 c. cracker crumbs (I use unsalted Nabisco crackers)

3 egg whites

1 c. sugar

1 t. vanilla

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 c. chopped pecans

Beat egg whites until fluffy.  Add vanilla,  gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff.  

Fold in baking powder, finely ground cracker crumbs and chopped pecans.  Pour mixture into lightly buttered 9″ pie pan and bake at 325 until lightly browned.  This takes about 30 minutes.  Cool completely.

To serve, top the crust with strawberries and slightly sweetened whipped cream.  (I often put the berries on the crust a couple of hours before serving to let the juice soak in.)

If this dessert is as popular at your house as it is at ours, you will be making it again and again.  Enjoy!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s strawberry time in Maine, and nothing beats those sweet, juicy berries right from the vine.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI even have some growing in a hanging basket on the porch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere 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 

whipped cream

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere 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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