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Fresh Strawberry Dessert

Each year my husband reminds me of the approaching strawberry season by putting in an early request for this dessert. One of my own original recipes, it's eye-catching, yet holds up well in travel.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, halved
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry gelatin
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Whipped cream

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine flour and nuts. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 300° for 25-30 minutes or until set; cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Spread over crust; cover and chill.
  • For glaze, 2-3 hours before serving, combine sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice. Cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, arrange strawberries over filling. Spoon glaze over berries. Chill until serving. Garnish with whipped cream.

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  • irishlass136
    Jul 4, 2011

    Good shortbread crust, however - the filling and glaze were much too sweet for us! I would say the filling is more like a cream cheese icing. Followed the directions exactly.

  • mtngal10
    Dec 4, 2010

    This a is a wonderful summer dessert. I make it year round because my grandchildren love it. My 12 year old grandson even wrote a school paper on it, gave raves to Grandma Bea's scrumpdellicious strawberry dessert. His teacher was so impressed with his graphic description that she gave him an A+. A tad time consuming to make, but well worth it.

  • jgfan
    Jun 11, 2008

    Use the dry jello powder. It helps to thicken the glaze.