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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Strawberries and Cream, Absolutely Heavenly

This is one of the easiest, and most elegant desserts one can ever make. Good quality strawberries and a good presentation and you have the perfect sweet to end your dinner with. That too in a matter of minutes. And it is mainly fruit, so you won't feel too guilty eating your dessert either.

When I was in India, we rarely used to get strawberries. It was a seasonal fruit and not available in large quantities and could be classified as exotic perhaps. There was a restaurant in town which did have it on their menu as a seasonal dessert and I used to always choose it. They used to have the most beautiful presentation in a margharita glass, absolutely delicious. The only other place I had it was in Mahabaleshwar, a tourist destination famous for its strawberry farms.

Strawberries are easily found here and this year due to the bumper crop, they are still available at a very low cost. Surprisingly though I don't remember having seen it on a restaurant menu here. I bought some strawberries last weekend and I also had a pint of heavy cream in the fridge. That was the perfect reason to put this dish together. The pictures turned out so beautiful, that I had to push this one to the front of my recipe queue, so that I could share this wonderful dish and lovely pictures with you.

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar ( do not use confectioner's sugar -see tips)
7-8 strawberries, washed and sliced (along the vertical axis/length)

Chill your whisk (manual whisk/hand blender) and the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes. Add the cream and sugar to the chilled bowl and whip. Do not overwhip. You know it is the right consistency, when the peaks in the cream do not deflate immediately. If you overwhip, the cream will turn to butter. If this happens, start with fresh cream.
Arrange your sliced strawberries in your favorite dessert bowl. Add cream. You can mix a few strawberries in the cream and then arrange the rest on top. You can be as creative as you want. Enjoy!

Confectioner's sugar contains cornstarch in addition to the sugar, so try to avoid it so that it won't affect the taste. If it's difficult to find it in your grocery store, you can grind regular sugar in the mixer/blender to get the powdered sugar.


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