Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops

California Strawberries Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops

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!

Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops
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Serves: 10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 20 ounces California Strawberries, hulled
  • 1¾ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt (either whole milk or greek)
  • Maple syrup or honey to taste (I used 2½ tablespoons maple syrup)
  • 1-2 tablespoons granola
Instructions
  1. Puree the strawberries and yogurt in a blender.
  2. Taste, and add desired sweetener to taste (strawberries can vary in sweetness).
  3. Pour into pop molds, leave about ½ inch space at the top. Add granola and gentle press down to help pack it in place.
  4. Add popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Notes
I used this popsicle maker. Other pop makers might use slightly more or less mix.

 


Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream

Want to know something that I’ve realized over the last week? Everybody loves strawberries. Sorry Raymond, but it’s really strawberries that everybody loves. Grown-ups, kids, grandmas, dogs, everyone. Truly, have you ever met anyone that said, “No thank you, I don’t like strawberries.”? Neither have I.

Thankfully, California strawberries are such a fun, versatile and healthy food to add into our diets and they’re available year around. Whether it’s eating them straight up or adding them to a salad, baked goods, or even a margarita, the ways to get your “8-a-day” in are endless.

Did you know that one serving of strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange? 140% to be exact. And even better, despite being sweet they’re naturally low in sugar. One serving of strawberries has half the amount of sugar of an apple. In addition, strawberries are loaded up in antioxidants, phytochemicals fiber and potassium.

And while California strawberries are available year around, summer is just around the corner and nothing screams “summer” better than a bowl of fresh strawberries. And ice cream. Summer always comes with ice cream. And because of that, I decided to create the perfect Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream using California strawberries that you can indulge in guilt-free all summer long.

I’m not going to lie, creating a dairy-free ice cream that wasn’t overly icy was no easy feat. Alternative milks tend to have a higher water content than traditional dairy and tend to make an “icy” ice cream. In addition the water content for those beautiful juicy strawberries can add to that iciness.

So here’s how I fixed that problem… First, I added some eggs to the ice cream base to create more of a “custard” and make the base a bit creamier. And second, I reduced the strawberries down over some heat to remove some of the liquid and concentrate the strawberry flavor.

And success!

When the ice cream is done, I filled up a large freezer-proof jar and store it in the freezer. We can dig in at any time.

This Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream is the perfect example of that. Not only were we able to add fresh California strawberries to it, but I was able to omit the refined sugar by using honey instead and use nothing but simple ingredients.

Next time you grab a giant flat of California strawberries don’t forget this recipe, it’s the perfect way to use up those last few strawberries that you don’t want to go bad.

How do you guys get your 8-a-day in?

Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1[1/2} cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk, ½ cup of honey, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Whisk the ingredients over medium heat. Once it is hot, slowly drizzle the beaten egg into the saucepan vigorously whisking. Continue to whisk for 3 to 4 minutes, pour into a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, add the strawberries, remainder of the honey and lemon juice to a large saucepan over medium heat. Frequently stir the strawberries as the fruit breaks down. Continue to cook and reduce the strawberries down until they are a jam-like consistency, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the strawberries to the large bowl with the ice cream base and whisk in the strawberries. Let the ice cream base come to room temperature. Once it is at room temperature, add the ice cream base to your ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions.
  4. This post was created by Michelle Smith from thewholesmiths.com.

This post was created by Michelle Smith from thewholesmiths.com.


Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vinagrette

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vinagrette

Who doesn’t love a delicious strawberry salad? This Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vinagrette will satisfy your cravings.  Knowing that California strawberries are low in sugar and calories – only 45 calories per serving! – enjoying this salad is even sweeter. Not to mention, it’s a super easy way to eat a serving of 8 strawberries.

Eating one serving of 8 strawberries a day has many suprising health benefits! For example, eating 8 medium strawberries provides 160 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, and 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Talk about some great health benefits in a tiny package!

Check out the recipe below from our friend and registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta. Let us know what you think!

Strawberry-Quinoa Salad Recipe
Serves: ½ cup for quinoa, 4 strawberries sliced with ¼ avocado
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 16 medium sized California strawberries, destemmed and cut into half inch slices
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 8 tablespoons Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, add the quinoa, vegetable stock, and sea salt. Bring it up to a boil and then simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. Set aside and cool.
  2. Slice up the strawberries and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Peel and cut the avocado into ¼ slices.
  4. Serve 4 strawberries sliced with ¼ avocado and mix 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving.

In this recipe, roast the strawberries to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit. By combining it with thyme, the herbal notes offer a great complement to the sweet berry flavors.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vinagrette

Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe
Serves: 1 cup
 
Ingredients
  • 8 medium sized California strawberries, stemmed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Canola oil spray
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.. In a medium-sized bowl, add the strawberries, coconut sugar and thyme. Mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes to allowsome of the natural juices to be released.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with canola oil. Add the strawberry mixture and roast for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute.
  3. In a food processor, add the strawberry mixture. Make sure to get any excess juices left over from the baking sheet. Add the mustard, salt, vinegar and oil. Puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Refrigerate and store up to one week.

 


Roasted Strawberries and Clotted Cream Ice Cream

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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 will all ice cream recipes when possible).

Roasted Strawberries and Clotted Cream Ice Cream

 

 

Roasted Strawberries and Clotted Cream Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound California Strawberries, hulled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • ⅔ cup clotted cream
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Instructions
  1. 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).
  2. In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Prepare in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

This post was created by Jennifer Farley from savorysimple.net.


Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad

Summer is coming and my internal food alarm seems to be ringing off the hook for summer food and flavors. At the top of my list are juicy California strawberries and steak. Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to enjoy them together in a recipe? Good news: I’ve created a salad recipe that brings them together in new way, a Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad.

I love pairing bold-flavored foods, like steak, with fresh and light ingredients like strawberries to create surprising combinations. Plus, layering a lean steak on top of a mound of nutrient rich ingredients is a balanced way to enjoy it any day of year.

Instead of using fresh strawberries in this steak, I enhanced the strawberries by slow roasting them. This turns them into a naturally-sweet chutney/dressing on top of this flavor-explosion of a salad. If you’ve never roasted strawberries before then today is the day and this recipe is the place to start.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad

While the prep time looks lengthy in the recipe below, it’s mostly hands-off cook time. You can even prep many of the cooked ingredients ahead of time and reheat right before serving. Truly, this salad is easy to put together but is a show-stopper for looks and flavor. I hope you will give it a try at your first summer gathering or at your dinner table this week.

To summer!
Jenna

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad

 

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Peppered Steak Salad
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh California strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb top sirloin fillets
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1” pieces
  • 6 cups spring mix greens
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa (from about ¾ cup dry quinoa)
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a 2 quart baking dish (or 8x8 square pan), toss strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Bake strawberries for 50 minutes, checking every 15 minutes and gently tossing in the juices.
  3. Meanwhile, cook quinoa if needed.
  4. Then, heat a heavy skillet (cast iron if you have it) over medium high heat. Season fillets with pepper and salt. When skillet is hot, add vegetable oil, then cook fillets to medium doneness, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside on a cutting board to rest. After about 5 minutes (more time is OK), thinly slice steak against the grain.
  5. Reduce the skillet heat to medium and add green beans. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook till evaporated or green beans are crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  6. When strawberries are done baking, assemble salad. Layer a large platter with the spring mix greens, then spoon cooked quinoa on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Layer green beans on top of quinoa. Place steak slices on top of salad then spoon cooked strawberries and juice on top. Lastly, arrange sesame seeds, mozzarella pearls, and basil all around salad to your preference. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of fresh, ground black pepper on top.

Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD of MakeHealthyEasy.com.


Chocolate Strawberry Crunch Parfait Recipe

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:

  • One serving of eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, which has 140% of the recommended daily value (RDI). (USDA 2017. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference)
  • 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 of 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!

Chocolate Strawberry Crunch Parfaits
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Ingredients
  • 1 (1.4 ounce) package sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 5.3 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup whipped topping
  • 2 cups California strawberries, diced
  • 16 strawberries, sliced (save 4 for garnish)
  • 4 sheets (about ¾ cup) chocolate graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate shavings
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Top the second layer of pudding with a dollop of whipped topping, a single strawberry and chocolate shavings.
  4. Serve immediately or chill for about 10 minutes.

This post was created by Christy Wilson from christywilsonnutrition.com.


Strawberry Yogurt Cones Recipe

This Strawberry Yogurt Cone Recipe is a simple and easy dessert! Yogurt topped with tasty California Strawberries.

Strawberry Yogurt Cone Recipe

Strawberry Yogurt Cones
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh California strawberries, stemmed and halved
  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt, plain, vanilla or lemon
  • 4 waffle cones
  • Colored sprinkles or granola, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In bowl, gently mix together strawberries and yogurt.
  2. Spoon into waffle cones, dividing mixture equally.
  3. If desired, garnish with sprinkles or granola. Serve with spoons.

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie Recipe

This Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie Recipe is a simple and easy dessert recipe.

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie

 

Lemon Ricotta Strawberry Pie
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Ingredients
FOR THE LEMON POPPY SEED SHORTBREAD CRUST:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
FOR THE LEMON RICOTTA NO BAKE CHEESECAKE FILLING:
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
FOR THE PIE:
  • 2 pounds strawberries, sliced
Instructions
FOR THE POPPY SEED SHORTBREAD CRUST:
  1. Cream the butter, mix in the sugar, lemon zest, poppy seeds and salt followed by the flour and mix until it forms crumbs.
  2. Press the mixture unto a pie/tart plate and bake in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 15 minutes before letting it cool.
FOR THE LEMON RICOTTA NO BAKE CHEESECAKE FILLING:
  1. Mix the ricotta, cream cheese, honey and lemon juice and zest until smooth.
FOR THE PIE:
  1. Spread the ricotta mixture across the bottom of the baked and cooled crust, arrange the strawberry slices on top and enjoy.

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry Pie

Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month? It’s peak strawberry season in California, when the endless, beautiful fields of strawberries are at their finest. It’s the perfect time to use California Strawberries in your favorite recipes whether they’re sweet, savory, light or decadent.

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Since Mother’s Day is almost upon us, I thought this would be a good time to go for a bit of decadence. There’s something about homemade pie that makes it a top level comfort food, you know? Some of my earliest memories involve baking with my mom. We both adore homemade pie. I think she’ll love this version. It’s a perfect dessert to share on Mother’s Day, or for any day during National Strawberry Month.

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Some pie recipes involve a lot of prep work with the fruit, but strawberries are very easy because they simply need to be hulled and macerated. If you’ve never macerated berries before, this simply refers to letting them sit in sugar long enough for their natural juices to come to the surface. It’s incredibly easy. Since strawberries are at their peak sweetness during May, this pie doesn’t need much sugar. You can add more or less to taste.

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Strawberry Pie
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Serves: 1 9-inch pie (approximately 10-12 servings)
 
Ingredients
Pie Dough:
  • 12 ounces (approximately 2½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces (approximately ¼ cup) granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • ⅓ cup cold water
Pie Filling:
  • 4 pounds (approximately 2 cups) fresh California Strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
Instructions
For the Pie Dough:
  1. Place the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine the dry ingredients. Add the butter and pulse several more times until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal (a few larger bits here and there are fine).
  2. With the machine running, add the cold water until the dough has just formed. It will still be crumbly but should form dough when pressed together.
  3. Divide the dough into ⅔ and ⅓ portions, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least one hour or overnight.
For the Filling:
  1. Rinse and hull the strawberries. Slice medium and smaller strawberries in half, while quartering larger berries, and place in a large bowl. Add the orange and lemon juice, zest, corn starch, and both sugars. Stir to combine, cover and place in the refrigerator. Allow the strawberries to macerate for 40-45 minutes, stirring periodically.
Prepare the Pie:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the bigger portion of pie dough to about 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place in a 9½ inch pie pan. There should be an overhang of at least 1 inch. Add the strawberry filling.
  2. Re-flouring the surface if necessary, roll out the second portion of dough to approximately 10 inches in diameter. Cut 8 even strips, and layer them in a decorative lattice pattern over the strawberries. Cut off any excess overhang from the lattice, and then fold up the bottom overhang so that it sits on top of the strips. Use a fork to crimp the edge of the dough all the way around the pan.
  3. Brush the cream on top of the lattice and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  4. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, lower the temperature to 375 degrees F, and cook for an additional 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Notes
Strawberries may vary in sweetness depending on factors such as season, location and freshness. More or less sugar can be added to the pie filling as needed.

 


Naked Strawberries and Cream Cake

Naked Strawberries & Cream Cake
If you’ve ever looked for a simple but crazy good cake recipe that you could go to over and over again, this is the one for you. Not only does this “naked” strawberry cake look gorgeous and amazing in all it’s glorious simplicity, it is also moist, honey sweetened, and just plain fabulous.

The best part is that you can dress it up as little or as much as you want. We are so fortunate to have all these gorgeous California strawberries available year-round. This holiday cake can even pass for a summertime cake, depending on when it’s being served.

Since it’s the holidays, we added a little extra powdered sugar to give it that snowy effect. You can also add cranberries for added holiday appeal, like recipe creator Garlic Girl did, or try drizzling chocolate or strawberry sauce over the top. You are the master of your layer cake!

We wish you a delicious and joyful Christmas, holiday season, and happy New Year!

Strawberries and Cream
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Icing
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (preferably Philadelphia brand)
  • ½ stick butter
  • 2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, 6-8 halved
  • optional: extra powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. With butter, grease two 8-inch cake pans and cover the bottoms with parchment paper. Grease the paper too, and lightly dust both pans with flour.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, sugar and salt in bowl of stand mixer. With paddle attachment, blend on slow for 10 seconds.
  4. In small bowl lightly whisk eggs with ¼ cup of the milk and vanilla extract; set aside.
  5. To the dry mixture add the butter and beat on low for about a minute until combined. Slowly add the remaining ½ cup milk until incorporated into dry ingredients.
  6. Increase speed to medium and blend for about 1½ minutes until you have a thick, smooth batter.
  7. Add egg/milk mixture in three parts on medium speed, scraping down sides and bottom at least once. Beat for another 30 seconds until batter looks a bit airy and smooth.
  8. Pour equal amounts of batter into both pans.
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes, until light golden brown and toothpicks come out dry when inserted in the top center. Remove pans, let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then on wire rack until room temperature.
  10. For batter, cream together cream cheese and butter; about 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until well-combined and fluffy. Add honey and vanilla extract and continue to beat until desired consistency.
  11. Place first layer of cake on cake pan, spread desired amount of frosting in center, making sure to add more on the edges.
  12. Add top layer of cake and frost the top. With a flat knife or frosting scraper, spread frosting around the top and sides to cover as much or as little as the cake as you like.
  13. Decorate with strawberries. I like to slice only half the berries and add those to the edges. Pile whole berries in the center, and then dust with powdered sugar