Simple Strawberry Dessert

Oooh, doesn't that look WONderful? It was, too! Past tense, it didn't last long. My family swooped down on this simple strawberry dessert and carried it away. Leaving nothing, NOTHING behind but these photographs.


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • powdered sugar for garnish

First, either the day before or the morning of the day you want to eat this, prepare the strawberries. Remove the green tops and rinse with cold water. Depending on their size, slice the strawberries in half or thirds. Place into a medium bowl, sprinkle with a 1/4 cup of sugar, toss lightly, cover and refrigerate.

While you're in the prep mode, get out your electric mixer and a large bowl. Whip together the whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Start on a medium speed for a minute then increase to high speed whipping for another 2 minutes or so, until it forms soft peaks. Over whipping will churn the cream into butter, not good for this recipe. Transfer to a plastic freezer container and store in the frig for now. After this dessert, you'll have extra whipped cream for hot chocolate or some other treat, so store the rest in the freezer

Now for the pastry. I prepared it before I started supper. Heat the oven according to the directions on the pastry package.

On a cool surface dusted with powdered sugar, roll out and smooth one pastry sheet then cut it into nine squares. Place squares on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray (very important). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or however long the package directs. Allow to cool a couple a minutes, then move to dessert plates.

Top pastry with strawberries and whipped cream, then drizzle a little liquid from the strawberry bowl over the top. You are ready to eat!

Warning: While preparing this dessert, fingers large and small will come out of no where swooping and dipping into the homemade whipped cream. Strawberries will disappear and red streaks will mysteriously appear in the whipped cream. This phenomenon may occur in your home.