Three easy strawberry dessert recipes. A crumble made with a magical combination of strawberry, chocolate, banana. A 'fool' made with strawberries, Greek yogurt, citrus and cream. An elegant and oh-so-simple strawberries in wine.
My house backs up to a park. Well, that’s what I call it; the neighbors who live there call it their back yard.
Saturdays, the park gets mowed and trimmed by a man or two and a boy or two. From their friendly waves and hallos across the fence, it’s no stretch to surmise they may have been born elsewhere.
Last year, during the height of the Congressional immigration storm, one of Mother Nature’s blew through town, littering the park with sticks and branches and limbs.
(Ever picked up two acres of sticks? It’s tedious, back-bending work. As girls, my sister and I dreaded this spring assignment. We worked, slowly. We complained, loudly.)
Next day, a boy of 11 or so collected sticks all morning, never resting, never complaining, hauling armfuls to a growing pile near the street. In his ears were the telltale white buds of an iPOD, one of the coveted digital music players. I don’t know how immigration reform will work out.
What I do know is that this kid (like strawberry pickers in California and apple pickers in Oregon) dreams of life’s equivalent of an iPOD, expects to earn it and that it is wholly American – some how, some way – to afford his dream.
Local strawberries arrive soon! Here are three simple ways to enjoy their ruby sweetness.
Time to table: 45 minutes
- 16 – 20 strawberries, hulled, in chunks if large
- 2 bananas, in chunks
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced small
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped roughly
- Pinch salt
Preheat oven to 375F.
Divide fruit among four one-cup ramekins and toss gently.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients with a fork or your fingers until coarsely crumbly. Spoon mixture onto the fruit, letting it slip into the cracks. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- Zest & juice of 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, optional
- 2 cups cream, whipped
Gently combine all ingredients. Arrange in serving dishes, serve immediately.
Really fresh home-grown strawberries can contain so much moisture that the Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble is some times (but not always) more soupy than crispy. It's still groanably delicious, just don't expect it to be scoop-able like an apple crisp, say.
You can make the Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumbles in advance, then rewarm in a 200F oven.
If there's a leftover ramekin, toss it into a blender with a few more strawberries, some ice and milk - voila, one of the best strawberry smoothies ever!
One night when dinner for two turned into supper for ten, I started to improvise to make a big casserole dish of this dessert. I added canned peaches and pineapple, added oatmeal and white chocolate to the topping. It was devoured with great relish!
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