Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Strawberries are in season .... yoohoo! We have fresh strawberries growing in various fields around here and on the weekend we went and picked about 3 1/2 kilos. Besides eating them straight off the field (these are not sprayed with any pesticide or treated with anything else then water, sunshine and all mother nature has to offer) it was a great way to spend part of the afternoon. I'll post a write up and a few pictures sometime later.
So what do you do with so many strawberries? Well you have strawberries with your cornflakes, with cream, with egg liqueur (that is a delish little secret for an after dinner treat), with ice cream and of course just plain. Because that is how they really taste best.
I did decide to make a little treat with a few of them. Basically I was dying to try out my silicon mini muffin tray. It has been lying in the cupboard and has only been used once, when I made those Raspberry Kisses.
Today, I am sending you some perfect looking and awesome tasting Strawberry Kisses!
100g soft butter
pinch of salt
3 drops bitter almond aroma
3 tablespoons ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
250 g Mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons coconut flakes
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
250 g strawberries - cut in halves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pre-heat oven at 175° C.
Beat the butter, sugar, salt and almond aroma with an electric mixer until it is smooth and creamy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Mix the flour, ground almonds and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add this in 2-3 portions to the egg/sugar batter.
Fill in your mini muffin forms with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Take out and allow to cool.
In the meantime mix the mascarpone cheese with the vanilla sugar, coconut flakes and lemon juice until creamy. Using a piping bag or just a teaspoon place a dollop of topping on each muffin.
Place the strawberries on top of the topping.
This makes approx. 15 mini muffins.
A great combination of ingredients.
Soeren could not believe his eyes when he came back from KIGA. They were on a field trip today and I had baked these for him to take one or two as special treats. He ate one straight away and wanted one for dessert after dinner to.
Tom too was impressed by the way they looked and as he took a bite I actually saw his eyes closing and he savored each moment and bite.
This is such a summery type of muffin for any type of party or summer time picnic. I am sure everyone will be over the sunny skies when you share these kisses!