Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart – Recipe by Ina Garten. The great thing about Strawberry Tart is that most of it can be prepared well ahead of time! I made the pastry cream well in advance of our planned get together with friends and refrigerated and baked the tart just the day before. On the day of the party, I assembled and glazed the fruit. I adapted this recipe from Ina’s book which taught me how to make 9-inch tart shell and fill it with pastry cream. She has these in individual tart shells which look really beautiful. I was surprised at how easy it really was to make. I love Ina! I also love the flaky crust and rich pastry cream . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Strawberry Country Cake

Strawberry Country Cake- recipe by Ina Garten I baked this cake for our very close friend’s daughter’s birthday who’d just turned 7. She loves strawberries and had no idea I was making this for her. When she saw the cake, the delight and excitement in her eyes just made me feel on top of the world. It’s a super easy cake that will “wow” the youngest to the oldest guest. INGREDIENTS: 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups sugar 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberries

Panna Cotta With Balsamic Strawberries – recipe by Ina Garten Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made with cream, yogurt, gelatin and sugar. The cream and sugar is boiled and gelatin is added allowing it to set like a custard. I had never heard of this dessert and discovered it in my quest to find gluten free and egg free desserts for my daughter who had gluten and egg allergies. I had made coeur a la creme (another gluten and egg free Ina Garten recipe) once too many times and was looking for something new. Panna cotta was perfect. So the first time I made it, we were just bowled over by the flavors. My daughter loved it so much . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

Strawberries are in plentiful these days and they’re one of our favorite fruits. This yummy dessert/snack only takes a couple to minutes to prepare. It’s a great last minute dessert to make at home for the unexpected guests and it looks so elegant! Chocolate-dipped strawberries can range from $12 to $19 a pound. At home, however, it’s under $5 (a pound) with extra strawberries to spare. Plus it’s fresh and you can use chocolate of your choice like white, milk or dark. I like to use Lindt white chocolate as we love it’s smooth, creamy and milky texture making it a perfect combination with the tart and sweet strawberries. I use Ina Garten’s method of tempering the chocolate by microwaving . . . CLICK TO READ MORE