Every year I buy Tuxedo Cake for Valentine’s Day. But this year I don’t feel like following this tradition at all. Instead, I am in the mood for a lighter dessert. I searched the web and found one that completely got my attention. These strawberries filled with cream are very easy to make and look very festive. A perfect light dessert for Valentine’s Day!
The original recipe (from Joy of Baking) calls for mascarpone cheese. When I went to my local grocery store to buy it, I found that they only have mascarpone for Tiramisu (made with coffee), and it was not what I wanted. So I decided to try substituting mascarpone with cream cheese. And it worked! The strawberries were so delicious and I can hardly imagine how more luscious they could have been with mascarpone. One day I’ll try that too.
So here is the recipe:
16-18 large strawberries (ideally, you would want strawberries that stay upright. But if they don’t, just cut off the green stems, so the strawberries stay straight on a plate)
1/3 cup cream cheese or mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons white sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
In a bowl, whip the cheese and whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip more until stiff peaks form. Spoon the cream into a pastry bag.
Make an X cut in each strawberry, almost down to its base. Carefully spread apart the “strawberry petals” and fill each strawberry with cream.
How easy was that! Enjoy a beautiful and delicious Valentine’s Day dessert!
As always, I am joining several link parties. And one of them is new. Sherry is hosting her first Home Sweet Home Friday. Please, visit her blog and see her beautiful antique Valentines.
I'm also joining Laurie for Valentine Party.
And the other parties I’m linking to are:
Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum,
Friday Favorites @ Simply Sweet Home,
Hodgepodge Friday @ It’s a Hodgepodge Life.