I must be a glutton for punishment. After I explained the fig ice cream revolt which took place in my home and left me with over a pint of fig ice cream to consume on my own I go ahead and take fresh strawberries and turn them into these babies. After a weekend of really bad food choices I thought a fresh light dessert would be perfect for this week. All eyes gleamed with excitement when I set these bars down on the table after dinner. Kids quickly blew through the cream topping. Once they hit the strawberry portion sweet faces turned evil and then disgust spread across them. No fluffy sweet cream topping was going to fool them into a bite of strawberry puree. No way. Luckily I had a few red vines stashed away that I could calm them down with. The only fruit lover in this house thought they were refreshing and light on a hot summer night. I am not sure if my thighs, butt and kids are going to forgive me. Message is loud and clear ... no fruity desserts. This is going to have to be my mantra. If they don't like pumpkin then we may come to blows because I am not missing out on my absolute favorite fall flavor.
strawberries and cream bars
source: everyday food
2 pounds of strawberries, hulled and halved. (6 cups)
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 large egg whites
2/3 cup cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a blender, combine strawberries, 3/4 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt. Puree until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Transfer to freezer and scrape with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is thick and slushy, 2 hours. Smooth top with rubber spatula.
In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat egg whites on high until foamy. With mixer on medium, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 3 minutes. In another bowl, beat cream and vanilla on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into the egg white mixture.
Pour over strawberry mixture and smooth with rubber spatula. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Makes 12 bars. Everyday Food.