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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Frozen Strawberry Squares

If you know me, you know that I'm usually doing ten things at once. I don't just watch an episode of Glee. I watch Glee, play Words with Friends on my Phone, Draft a blog post, and make a mental to-do list....all while baking fresh bread. This drives some people crazy (ahem, Julia and Paige!), but it's how I'm wired.

Some multi-tasking, however, is not so good. Texting and driving, for one (this is actually the one form of multi-tasking you WON'T find me doing. Not worth it!). Trying to make these frozen strawberry squares, while simultaneously making a pasta sauce, boiling a batch of noodles, and a batch of cookies proved to be another one of those bad multi-tasking ideas. Luckily for me, even though my whipped cream was over-beaten and my egg whites refused to stiffen, it had no ill effect on the finished product. Hmmm. So maybe I didn't learn the lesson I was supposed to!

I think it's safe to say then that this recipe is pretty fool-proof. The crust and topping taste like a sugar cookie with a frozen strawberry delight sandwiched between. I did note that the filling got really hard when frozen, and a little difficult to cut. If you let it sit out at room temperature for ten minutes or so, I imagine that will be less of a problem. This is a great summer dessert, and would be perfect for the 4th of July if you mixed some blueberries in with the strawberries!

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Frozen Strawberry Squares
from She Wears Many Hats

-1 cup flour
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup slivered & chopped almonds
-1/2 cup melted butter
-2 egg whites
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-10 fluid oz. whipping cream
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, crushed/smashed

1. Preheat oven to 325F. In a baking pan, combine flour, brown sugar, almonds, and melted butter, spreading out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool.
2. Once cooled, press 2/3 of the mixture into an 8x8" pan, forming a crust.
3. Beat egg whites and granulated sugar until stiff.
4. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gently combine whipping cream, beaten egg whites, lemon juice, and strawberries. Evenly spread mixture over prepared crust.
5. Top with remaining crust mixture. Freeze for 3-6 hours. Remove from freezer and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.