Looking to put a fresh spin on dessert? Try this Layered Strawberry Tres Leches Cake from Mami Talks. Fresh California strawberries make these cakes taste great, and they’re full of nutritious benefits, too!
Clinical research suggests that eating just eight strawberries a day benefits the whole body, promoting heart health, helping to manage diabetes , supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.
These cakes are the perfect treat for any occasion. Enjoy!
A delicious recipe for a classic strawberry shortcake – using fresh California Strawberries is a wonderful way to balance out your sweet treats with delicious fruit that’s also a nutritional powerhouse.
1⁄4 cup chilled butter, roughly cut into 1⁄4-inch pieces
1⁄4 cup chilled butter, roughly cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
1 large egg
2⁄3 cup heavy cream, divided
3 cups sliced strawberries, sweetened with 1⁄4 cup sugar
½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
½ Heavy Cream
vanilla to taste
¼ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Select the baking pan by determining if a soft or crisp exterior is desired. For a soft exterior, use an 8- or 9-inch cake pan, pizza pan, or ovenproof skillet where the biscuits will nestle together snugly, creating the soft exterior while baking. For a crisp exterior, select a baking sheet or other baking pan where the biscuits can be placed wider apart, allowing air to circulate and creating a crisper exterior, and brush the pan with butter.
Fork-sift or whisk 2 cups of flour and sugar in a large bowl, preferably wider than it is deep, and set aside the remaining 1⁄4 cup of flour. Scatter the 1⁄4-inch-size pieces of chilled fat over the flour and work in by rubbing fingers with the fat and flour as if snapping thumb and fingers together (or use two forks or knives, or a pastry cutter) until the mixture looks like well-crumbled feta cheese. Scatter the 1⁄2-inch-size pieces of chilled fat over the flour mixture and continue snapping thumb and fingers together until no pieces remain larger than a pea. Shake the bowl occasionally to allow the larger pieces of fat to bounce to the top of the flour, revealing the largest lumps that still need rubbing. If this method took longer than 5 minutes, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to rechill the fat.
Make a deep hollow in the center of the flour with the back of your hand. Lightly beat together the egg and 1⁄3 cup of the cream, and pour the mixture into the hollow, reserving the remaining 1⁄3 cup of the cream. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, using broad circular strokes to quickly pull the flour into the liquid. Mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened and the sticky dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
If there is some flour remaining on the bottom and sides of the bowl, stir in 1 to 4 tablespoons of reserved cream, just enough to incorporate the remaining flour into the shaggy wettish dough. If the dough is too wet, use more flour when shaping.
Lightly sprinkle a board or other clean surface with some of the reserved flour. Turn the dough out onto the board and sprinkle the top lightly with flour. With floured hands, fold the dough in half, and pat dough out into a 1⁄3- to 1⁄2-inch-thick round, using a little additional flour only if needed. Flour again if necessary, and fold the dough in half a second time.
If the dough is still clumpy, pat and fold a third time. Pat dough out into a 1⁄2-inch-thick round for a normal biscuit, 3⁄4-inch- thick for a tall biscuit, and 1-inch-thick for a giant biscuit. Brush off any visible flour from the top.
For each biscuit, dip a 2-inch biscuit cutter into the reserved flour and cut out the biscuits, starting at the outside edge and cutting very close together, being careful not to twist the cutter. The scraps may be combined to make additional biscuits, although these scraps make tougher biscuits.
Using a metal spatula if necessary, move the biscuits to the pan or baking sheet. Brush tops lightly with some of the reserved cream. Bake the biscuits on the top rack of the oven for a total of 12 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness, until light golden brown. After 6 minutes, rotate the pan in the oven so that the front of the pan is now turned to the back, and check to see if the bottoms are browning too quickly. If so, slide another baking pan underneath to add insulation and retard browning.
Continue baking another 6 to 9 minutes until the biscuits are light golden brown. When the biscuits are done, remove from the oven and lightly brush the tops with softened or melted butter. Turn the biscuits out upside down on a plate to cool slightly.
Toss berries together. Split biscuits in half and spoon fruit between layers. Beat the Greek Yogurt until loosened. Whip the heavy cream with sugar and a bit of vanilla. Fold the yogurt and whipped cream together.
Top fruit. Put top layer. Add a bit more cream on top if desired.
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12 medium California strawberries, sliced, for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two large-sized muffin pans with butter and set aside.
Place diced strawberries in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until berries start to bubble, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
Prepare strawberry cake according to package directions. Pour batter into one of the muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Prepare chocolate cake according to package directions. Pour batter into the remaining muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Meanwhile, place thickened strawberries in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add cream cheese and butter, mixing until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating between additions until all sugar has been added and mixture is thick and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 40 minutes.
While cakes are still in the muffin tins, slice off the domed tops. Remove cakes from muffin tins and slice each cake into two layers.
Place the slightly larger layers (these will be the cake bottoms) on a sheet of wax paper.
Spread strawberry mixture thickly over the bottoms. Cover with remaining layers of cake. Each cake will have both a chocolate and a strawberry layer.
Place ⅓ cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and set aside for garnishing.
Place remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate has melted and is very smooth. Pour over tops of cakes, letting drip down the sides. Let set for 20 minutes at cool room temperature, if serving right away. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve. Cakes can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
Garnish tops of cakes with slices of strawberries and reserved chocolate chips before serving.
Switch up your dessert menu with these Layered Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Minis from Kristina LaRue. They’re a tasty spin on tradition, and a great way to get your eight strawberries a day.
One serving of eight strawberries is filled with potassium, fiber and antioxidants. They’re also naturally sweet, yet low in sugar, making these Layered Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Minis a guilt-free option.
16 oz California strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
Whisk the cocoa powder and coffee together in a medium bowl. Set this aside.
Cut the ladyfingers into small pieces, about 1½ inches long. Set these aside.
Put the eggs, sugar, and pinch of salt in the top of a double-boiler over simmering water. Stir constantly for 5 minutes or until it’s slightly warm. Pour this into your mixer bowl with a whisk attachment.
Whip the egg mixture until it’s very thick, about 5 minutes. Add the mascarpone (it’s fine cold, directly from the fridge) in spoonfuls while the mixer is running. You may lose volume, so let the mixer go until the mixture thickens again, for another 5 minutes.
To assemble your tiramisus, dip the sliced ladyfingers one at time into the coffee/chocolate mixture, leaving them only for 1 or 2 seconds, then layer them in your serving glasses. (You don’t have to be too precise with the layering that comes next; in fact, you want this to more like a parfait than a traditional molded tiramisu.) Add a heaping tablespoonful of mascarpone filling, smooth it out slightly, then dust with chocolate. Add a few sliced strawberries. Repeat with the ladyfingers, filling, and chocolate dusting and decorate with a few sliced strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Clean and hull 2 cups of fresh strawberries. Dry them off and put them in a plastic bag or on a small tray in the freezer for an hour.
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers to a boil. Turn heat down slightly and gently boil for 4-5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature.
Once the juice is room temperature, pour through a fine mesh sieve into a measuring cup. Press the flowers to get all the juice out. You should have about ½ cup concentrated juice. Discard the flowers. Set aside until your strawberries come out of the freezer.
Add strawberries, hibiscus juice, 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup and ½ cup water or coconut water to a blender and blend on high until you have a smooth consistency.
Pour into popsicle molds, filling them only ¾ of the way to the top. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or until fully frozen.
Notes: To loosen the popsicles from the molds, run the bottom of the molds under cool or lukewarm water for a few minutes. They should slide right out.
Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops made with California Strawberries-Yum!
We love this recipe and post from Jennifer Farley at Savory Simple – Enjoy!
I love enjoying yogurt pops during the hot summer months. They’re a healthy, easy-to-prepare snack that everyone loves! Strawberries add the perfect level of brightness, flavor and beautiful color, and I’ve packed a ton of them into this recipe. It feels like having dessert! I like using some granola for a bit of texture as well. While you could throw a bit extra into the pops themselves, they lose some of that texture when mixed with the yogurt. Sometimes as the popsicles begin to melt, I like to dip them in more granola for extra crunch!
There’s a reason I can never get enough strawberries. Just one serving of eight strawberries is packed with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate and antioxidants. How could I not want to enjoy eight strawberries a day!
Roasted Strawberries and Clotted Cream Ice Cream are a great pair for dessert on any occasion!
Simply hearing the words “strawberries and cream” brings me tremendous joy. There’s something so perfect and decadent about the combination, whether it’s a bowl of fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream, a classic strawberry shortcake, or a more elegant dessert. When I recently came upon clotted cream at the grocery store, I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with strawberries. In case you’re unfamiliar, clotted cream is a thick, spreadable cream with a high fat content. It’s a UK product, but I’ve been finding it more frequently in the states, and I love throwing it into desserts for some added luxury. If you can’t get your hands on clotted cream, fear not. Mascarpone cheese can be substituted in this recipe as well. It’s thicker, but the flavor is similar and it will yield very similar results. Creme fraiche would also work.
Roasting strawberries is a wonderful way to enhance their flavors. The recipe will still work if you simply puree the berries without roasting them first, but I highly recommend taking this extra step. Also, since the base needs to be very cold before it goes into the ice cream maker, I like dividing this recipe into two parts when I manage to plan in advance. Basically, I follow steps 1-5 the day before I plan to serve the ice cream, and let it chill overnight in the refrigerator. It’s ready to go in the morning! (Note: I recommend doing this with all ice cream recipes when possible).
Optional: 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the strawberries in a large bowl, and toss with ¼ cup of the sugar to coat evenly. Spread on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring and gently flipping the strawberries every 5 minutes. Allow to cool briefly, then transfer the berries and roasting liquid back into the same bowl. Use an immersion blender to puree (a regular blender or food processor will also work).
In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar.
Place the half-and-half, clotted cream and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gently stir the mixture a few times as it heats up to help the clotted cream melt into the other ingredients.
Once the cream is just simmering, turn the heat to low. Briefly re-whisk the yolks, then ladle in the cream while whisking. Carefully pour the mixture back into the saucepan, using a spatula to scrape everything out of the bowl. Over low heat, stir the mixture for several minutes until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spatula. Stir in the pureed strawberry mixture, along with the orange liqueur, if using. (Note: adding some alcohol to ice cream improves its texture).
Pour the ice cream base into a clean container (I like to use a quart-sized liquid measuring cup), and press plastic film directly against the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Place in the refrigerator and chill until very cold.
Prepare in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.
When it comes to power food combos, nothing beats strawberries and chocolate. Although dipping strawberries in melted chocolate is a delicious (and foolproof!) way to enjoy this food pairing, I thought it’d be fun to create a recipe that incorporated a few other foods that my kids and I enjoy eating, like pudding, graham crackers, and yogurt. So Chocolate Strawberry Crunch Parfaits were a great option!
Since I’m not a great baker and I don’t have time to craft intricate recipes, I decided to keep it simple and just add a bunch of juicy, seasonal and nutrient-rich California strawberries into a beautiful parfait. Like the character, Donkey, from the movie Shrek said, “You know what everybody likes? Parfaits. Parfaits are delicious!” I agree! Not only are parfaits delicious, they are simple to make and look beautiful when served in clear glasses.
In my Chocolate Pudding Crunch Parfaits, I took sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix, added milk, creamy and protein-rich Greek yogurt, and a bit of whipped topping, then folded in a bowl of diced strawberries. I took this rich pudding mix and layered it over crumbles of chocolate graham crackers and sliced, sweet strawberries. How can this dessert get any better? Shavings of dark chocolate over the whole thing, that’s how!
If you’re wondering how this recipe is healthy, you can rest easy knowing that in each parfait, you’re not only getting a dose of bone-building calcium from milk and yogurt in the pudding, you’re also getting at least one serving of fruit. That’s right! Between the diced strawberries in the pudding and the sliced ones between the crunchy grahams and creamy pudding, you are getting your #8aDay of strawberries. Here are three health highlights about this sweet superfood:
A 2012 study published in the Annals of Neurology suggests that eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years.
The American Diabetes Association identifies berries, including strawberries, as one of their Top 10 Diabetes Superfoods because they have a low glycemic index and because they are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Have the kids help you assemble these Chocolate Pudding Crunch Parfaits for a special dessert or impress your friends at your next gathering by serving them in pretty, stemless wine glasses. Whatever the occasion (or the excuse!), enjoy!
4 sheets (about ¾ cup) chocolate graham crackers, crushed
1 tbsp dark chocolate shavings
Whisk first 2 ingredients in a large bowl until blended and smooth. Fold in yogurt and whipped topping. Chill in refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until firm. Gently fold strawberries into pudding mix. Set aside.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbles into each glass. Top crumbles with a layer of sliced strawberries, then add about ¼ cup of pudding. Repeat layers.
Top the second layer of pudding with a dollop of whipped topping, a single strawberry and chocolate shavings.