Simple to make yet bursting with flavour. Tender sponge cake layered with roasted strawberries and vanilla bean whipped cream. The roasted strawberries take this dessert over the top! Then the vanilla bean whipped cream takes it to the next level. It’s light, fluffy and speckled with vanilla seeds. Seriously addictive and makes such a beautiful presentation! It’s sure to impress your guests!
I just love strawberry season. It’s one of my favourite times of the year. My daughter, who I refer to often as mini-me, works at one of our local grocery stores in the produce section. She scopes out what looks good and gives me a heads up when they find amazing local suppliers. The strawberries they brought in recently were out of this world. Ripe to perfection and just so naturally sweet it almost seemed to good to be true. I was whipping up desserts left and right with them. Plus eating copious amounts of them as I prepared dishes with the delicious berries. I swear my fingers have been stained red for weeks, with no signs of slowing down.
When the Dairy Farmers of Canada emailed me last month asking me to jump into the next cream challenge I had to say yes. Someone else had to back out at the last-minute so I was on a time crunch to come up with a recipe for them. I never panic when it comes to dessert. Quick and easy desserts are sort of my thing. I think it comes from having kids. Over the years I’ve had so many impromptu sleepovers, and pool parties that ended up with me having a ton of kids in my house. So I learned how to pull together desserts that make them happy without completely busting my bank account wide open. I’ve also had years of experience with people popping in around lunch or dinner. When the kids were young the B household had an open door policy with family and friends. It led to feeding lots of extra folks, usually at the last minute and on a tight budget.
I make a ton of ice cream so I always have heavy cream in the fridge. So when I need to make a dessert and I’m flying by the seat of my pants I immediately grab the heavy cream and start homemade whipped cream. While it’s whirring in the stand mixer I scour the pantry for cookies or cakes we might have on hand. Sponge cake, brownies, ladyfingers, even chocolate chips cookies or granola make for a perfect quick parfait base. Then I hit the fridge again to see what fruit I have on hand. Since mini-me works at the store we always have something good hiding in the fridge. My motto is use what you have. You can whip up amazing desserts with a little creativity.
For this one I roasted the strawberries in the oven. I hate turning on my oven in the summer and have a 15 minute rule if it’s hot. Anything that takes longer than that either gets grilled or doesn’t get made till a cool day. Luckily berries roast quickly. If it is too hot where you live you can grill these. It’s easy peasy to grill fruit, I do it often.
The whipped cream has flecks of vanilla in it. I took vanilla beans, split them open and scraped out all that luscious vanilla yumminess. Vanilla beans have seeds inside of them, so you just cut them down the middle, pry them open and you can take a knife and slide it down the pod to scrape out all the seeds. It’s almost like a paste. You just mix that in your heavy cream and you will have the most delicious whipping cream in the world. Not even kidding. It’s a mood altering, life changing, When Harry Met Sally kind of moment when you take your first bite of it.
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These were also featured on the 100% Canadian Milk Anyday Magic Website as part of a cream challenge.
Other desserts I’ve done for Anyday Magic:
More Strawberry Goodness:
Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Dressing and Walnuts by Cravings of a Lunatic
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Strawberries by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Simply Recipes
Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips by The Girl Who Ate Everything
Tune in next time for:
An Epic Ice Cream Round Up
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