Intro: Paradise Strawberries
This dish makes a wonderful addition to Valentine's Day, or any day. Quick and easy, they make a sweet treat for the special people in your life, with the added bonus that you can make them yourself.
Step 1: Ingredients
1lb fresh strawberries
8oz cream cheese (Philadelphia brand is the best)
4oz real dairy sour scream
1/2 cup powdered sugar - sifted
1/4-1/2 tsp almond extract
Slivered or Sliced Almonds
Step 2: Prepare the Strawberries
Rinse the strawberries thoroughly and dry. You can leave the hulls on, or cut them off, as desired. Off does make them stand more easily.
Using a thin pairing knife, cut a deep X through the tip of each berry, but be sure not to cut completely through.
Set the berries aside till later.
Step 3: Prepare the Filling
Mix the cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add the powdered sugar and almond extract. Beat until well mixed.
Step 4: Fill the Strawberries
To fill the strawberries, we use a piping bag with a star tip. However, if you don't have one, you can load the filling into a sandwich bag and cut a small amount off of one corner to pipe the filling with.
Whichever method you use, pipe the filling into the berries.
Place the filled berries onto a cookie sheet or platter, and put them in to chill until serving time.
Step 5: Garnish and Enjoy
Before serving, if desired, grate some chocolate or add a sliver of almond.
Serve and enjoy!
Step 6: Variations
Some other great ideas to mix it up:
Mix some cocoa powder into the filling
Replace the almond extract with rum extract or mint extract
Instead of cutting the X, hull the strawberries and pull out the core. Use a filling with mint instead of almond extract to fill the hollow, then recreate the hull using young mint leaves.
Use fresh raspberries instead of strawberries
The possibilities are virtually endless. Don't be afraid to experiment.