National Strawberry Month
By Cindy Sanchez
If you love strawberries, then you know that nothing compares in
texture or flavor to a red, ripe succulent strawberry!
Some Strawberry Facts:
* Strawberries were originally called "Strewberries". They were
called this due to the way the berries seem to be just strewn about the leaves
of the plant.
* Eight strawberries provide 140 percent of the recommended
daily intake of Vitamin C.
* Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
* One cup of strawberries has just 55 calories.
* The strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds (on average,
200) on the outside of the fruit.
* Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and
every province of Canada.
12 large, fresh strawberries, rinsed
- 3 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
tbsp powdered sugar
tbsp sour cream
Remove stems from strawberries to form a flat base. Place
berries on cutting surface, pointed end facing up. With a sharp knife, carefully
slice each berry in half vertically to within a 1/4 inch of base. Cut each half
into three wedges to form 6 petals. (Don't slice through the base.) Pull petals
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and sour
cream; beat until light and fluffy. With a pastry bag and star tip or small
spoon, fill strawberries with cream cheese mixture.
Note: A zipper sandwich bag can be used instead of a pastry bag
by filling with cream cheese mixture and squeezing out excess air before
sealing. Carefully cut one corner off of the bottom of the bag.
Variation: Use strawberry flavored cream cheese for added
cups fresh strawberries *
Tbsp. lemon juice
Tbsp. light corn syrup
Place strawberries in a blender and process until smooth.
Measure 2 cups of strawberry puree. Stir in lemon juice and corn syrup. Line a
15x10 inch jellyroll pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap and tape plastic wrap to
the pan at the corners. Pour strawberry mixture in prepared pan and spread thin,
leaving 1 inch on all sides. You can adjust this to fit your dehydrator or
another pan, be sure it is spread thin on the pan. Dry in an oven at 150 or a
dehydrator for 7-8 hours or until surface is no longer sticky. Remove leather
from pan while still warm and roll up jellyroll fashion. Cut into logs and wrap
in plastic wrap. Make five 2 inch logs
* Any other fruit may be used in place of the strawberries.
Recipe courtesy of Tawra Kellam of Not Just Beans
Layered Strawberry Cake
cup half & half 1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups flour
tsp baking powder
2-8 oz pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
pint whipping cream
red food coloring (if desired)
pint of fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced
Heat half & half in a saucepan until boiling, add butter and set
aside. In a bowl blend sugar, vanilla and eggs, beat at high speed until mixture
is very light and fluffy. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt,
add egg mixture, then add half & half mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Pour batter into a well greased and floured springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees
for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out
clean. Cool slightly and remove from pan. Let cool completely then cut cake into
three even layers. Brush away any loose crumbs. Whip the cream cheese until very
smooth, beat in the powdered sugar and whipping cream, until mixture is creamy
and fluffy. You may add a few drops of food coloring if desired to tint
frosting. Spread frosting between each layer, place sliced strawberries on each
layer. Then spread remaining frosting on top and sides of assembled cake.
Garnish with strawberries on top and on sides.
Strawberries 'n' Cream Pizza
1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, cold and sliced
cup chopped pecans
chocolate toffee candy bars
8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
cup powdered sugar
qt. fresh strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise
Frozen whipped cream topping, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour,
butter, and nuts; mix until blended. Press mixture on bottom of 12-inch pizza
pan. Bake 10 minutes. Immediately sprinkle hot crust with toffee, distributing
evenly over crust. Set aside to cool. Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar;
beat until blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled crust to within
1/2-inch of crust edge. Arrange strawberries, cut-side down, in circular rows
over cheese mixture. Decorate top of pizza with whipped cream. Sprinkle with
crushed pecans if desired. Makes 8-12 servings.
1/2 cup crushed pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cups whipping cream
cups sliced, hulled fresh strawberries
tablespoons lemon juice
For crust, in a bowl combine flour, nuts and brown sugar. Add
melted butter. Toss to combine. Spread in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350
degrees for 20 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Spread 2/3 of the
crust mixture in a 13x9x2 pan. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat 1/2 cup of the whipping cream until soft
peaks form. Add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Beat mixture well. In
another bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
Fold into the strawberry mixture. Transfer to prepared pan. Top with remaining
crust mixture. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours. Let stand at room
temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Makes 9-12 servings. Garnish with additional berries if you
cups torn salad greens
cup sliced, hulled strawberries
1/2 half of a small red onion, thinly sliced
poppy seed Dressing (homemade or bought)
Edible flowers such as nasturtiums or chive blossoms
In a salad bowl, place greens, watercress, strawberries onion.
Top with dressing and toss to coat. Garnish with edible flowers. Chive blossoms
and nasturtiums are peppery in taste. If they are not available to you, fresh
mint can be used for garnish.
Caution: Be sure that all herbs and blossoms are free of
tablespoons lime juice
tablespoons red wine vinegar
tablespoons fresh chopped mint leaves
2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 tsp. salt 1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/4 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
Combine oil, lime juice, vinegar, mint, cilantro, jalapeno,
pepper and salt in medium bowl. Toss in strawberries, pineapple and onion. Serve
over grilled chicken or pork.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
cup skim milk, *see note
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
egg, lightly beaten 1 egg white, lightly beaten
vegetable cooking spray 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
*note: add 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to the milk, let sit
for 5 minutes. Or substitute nonfat buttermilk.
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and stir
well. Add fresh strawberries; stir well, and make a well in center of mixture.
Combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients; stir well. Add to dry ingredients,
stirring just until moistened.
Divide batter evenly among 18 muffin cups coated with cooking
spray; sprinkle 1-1/2 tbsp sugar evenly over muffins. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans
immediately; let cool on a wire rack. 18 servings.