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Spectacular Strawberry Dessert

 Spectacular Strawberry Dessert
This elegant after-dinner sweet, created by our Test Kitchen, lives up to its name. With pretty strawberries, a creamy filling and flaked coconut on top, it takes a little extra care to put together, but the results are well worth it.
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • Dash salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flaked coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh mint and additional sliced strawberries, optional

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Spectacular Strawberry Dessert (continued)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add
  • to creamed mixture and mix well. With lightly floured hands, press
  • onto a 7-1/2-in. pizza pan; build up edges slightly. Bake at
  • 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly
  • browned. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt.
  • Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat
  • until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes
  • longer. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 2 tablespoons of hot
  • filling into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly.
  • Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Cool for 30
  • minutes without stirring. Pour over crust. Top with strawberries.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 2
  • tablespoons coconut until smooth. In another bowl, beat cream on
  • medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture.
  • Carefully spread over strawberries. Toast remaining coconut;
  • sprinkle over topping. Garnish with mint and berries if desired.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 573 calories, 40 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 167 mg cholesterol, 354 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.