Our family just loves strawberries - no matter how I serve them... but when I take the few extra minutes to "dress them up", everyone is certain we have arrived at "elegant"... and THAT, of course, is what RunAmok Farm is all about!
Ok, so that last part may be stretching it, slightly... but these strawberries are delightful and pretty enough to take to a potluck!
20 (or so) fresh Strawberries
8oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/4 C THM Super Sweet Blend, *powdered)
1/3 tsp Simply Organic Almond Extract
2 squares Baker's 100% Cacao, grated
1 TBS heavy cream or half & half, optional
*NOTE: Powdered sweetener is easy to make. Simply placed your sweetener into a coffee grinder or blender and pulse for a few seconds at a time until product reaches desired consistency.
QUICK TIP: Unless you want a "cloud" of ground sweetener to filter through your entire kitchen, let it settle for a minute before opening the lid. You can thank me now.
1. Rinse strawberries and remove the stems.
2. With a paring knife, carefully cut from the tip of the berry down toward the base - but not all the way through. Then make a second cut, from the top to the bottom, forming an "X".
3. Spread the berries apart, slightly, being careful not to tear them.
4. Place berries in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
1. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, THM Super Sweet Blend, and almond extract until smooth and creamy.
2. Add grated chocolate into cream cheese mixture and mix thoroughly.
*To "grate" the chocolate, I cheated here. I added the squares of baking chocolate to my blender, along with a tablespoon of cream and then pulsed until the chocolate was a "fine" consistency.
NOTE: The cream mentioned in this step is optional. You can still pulse your chocolate just fine without it, so if you do not have cream on hand, don't worry.
1. Add mixture to a piping bag, or if you do not have one, you can improvise using a Ziplock bag with a corner cut off.
If you are taking to a potluck and want these to be really "beautiful", then you should use a piping bag.
2. Place tip of bag down inside each strawberry, squeezing gently, with a bottom-to-top motion.
3. Serve immediately, or chill in refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
NOTE: These would probably hold up longer than 6 hours... but I don't recommend trying to hide them in the fridge longer than this.
They tend to mysteriously disappear.