The season of sweet, delectable berry goodness is upon us! The markets are overflowing with beautiful little strawberries here in NYC. Yes, they are little because they aren’t hopped up on antibiotics and pesticides and crazy unnatural chemicals. This is my favorite summertime dessert to make both for friends and clients. It’s ridiculously easy and versatile. Make a pie or baby bites like I do. Instead of a pie crust, check out your grocer’s freezer section for tiny phyllo cups. I brought these to a friend’s BBQ and decorated them with the kids. So cute and fun!
I make my own whipped cream. All you have to do is take a pint of heavy cream, a dash of sugar (agave or honey are great, too) and vanilla, throw it in a mixer or beat the hell out of it until it forms a medium peak. Done. These gold balls are edible sugar dragees that I picked up from New York Cake on 22nd between 5th & 6th. A baker’s dream in there…Speaking of dreamy, if you’re in NYC Friday, June 11th, come by Fontana’s for a yummy party of Smash N’ Burn Smore’s and awesome tunage. Me and thatkidprolific in the kitchen/on the tables!
Strawberry Pie Bites
- 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked or 2-3 boxes of small Phyllo Cups
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced in thirds for pie, sixths if bites
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
- whipped cream (see directions above)
- piping bag or quart ziploc plastic bag (if you are making the bites and not the pie)
Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell or phyllo cups. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell or cups. Use the piping bag or ziploc bag with corner cut off to fill the phyllo cups. Chill for several hours before serving. Top with whipped cream & cute decorations as your heart desires.
Oh, here’s a pic of the infamous Smash N’ Burn S’mores which will be at the party on Friday. Delish.