Strawberry Blooming Buds
This makes a beautiful presentation and is very delicious. I sometimes finely
chop up some strawberries and make an almond flour and add it to the filling which
makes it extra special. I arrange these blossoms on a large platter and decorate
it with fresh mint leaves.
This can be served as an appetizer or dessert.
Strawberries and Filling
- 24 large fresh firm sweet strawberries
cleaned with a damp paper towel or a flour sack type towel
- 6 ounces softened cream cheese
- 5 to 6 finely chopped strawberries
- 4 to 5 tablespoons
confectioners' sugar (omit if you are using almond flour)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt (I use the sour cream,
I like the taste)
- Mint leaves to garnish the tops and arrange
around the strawberries
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- 4 tablespoons
- Strawberries and Filling: Pull stems from strawberries (if there are any) so
that the berries lay flat. Cut the top of the strawberries in half about 1/4 inch
from the bottom. Then cut each half in half to form 4 petals. Slightly open the
strawberry being careful not to break them. Place in refrigerator until ready to
- In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar or almond flour, and
sour cream. If you are using the chopped strawberries gently fold them in.
- I use a cookie press which has a star tube to fill the cavity of the strawberry
( a pastry bag with a star tip can also be used, i find it easier to use a cookie
press instead of squeezing it through a pastry bag, it goes faster). Gently with
a light touch fill the strawberries. I sometimes sprinkle the tops with some almond
- Arrange on platter and decorate with mint sprigs and garnish the tops of strawberries
with mint leaves. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Almond Flour: Place ingredients in food processor and process until you achieve
a very very fine powder.
- Mix with the filling ingredients (the amount you add will depend on the flavor
you want to achieve. (I add a little of the almond flour first then taste the filling
and add more to achieve the taste I want.)
If you are adding the almond flour, omit the 4 tablespoons of confectioners'
sugar as listed above, as this will make the filling too sweet. The sugar in the
almond flour is sufficient.
Posted by bettyboop at Recipe Goldmine 9/4/2001 9:36 am.