Berry Cool

hot night, cool dessert

So … it’s been hot.

I mean, really hot.

It seems all over the country people are experiencing a crazy heat wave. Due to the extreme heat and my non-air conditioned kitchen, I haven’t felt much like cooking or baking this week.

But then I came across this recipe (well, actually my mom did) and it seemed like the perfect treat for hot weather. Plus, standing in front of a freezer every 30 minutes sounded simply amazing.

I tweaked the original recipe for these frozen bars just a bit, mostly by cutting it in half and adding lime juice and lime zest. Strawberry and lime are such refreshing, summery flavors that it was a no-brainer.

Note: This takes time — about 6 hours start to finish — but like most treats, it’s well worth it.

Strawberries & Cream Bars
– 1 pound of strawberries, washed, hulled & diced
– 1/3 cup of sugar + ¼ cup
– Salt
– 1 tablespoon of lime juice
– Zest of half of 1 lime
– 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
– ½ cup of heavy cream
– ½ teaspoon of vanilla

In a blender, combine the strawberries, 1/3 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt. Puree until smooth. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish and place in the freezer. Scrape (aka: stir, smoosh & mash) it with a fork every 30 minutes until the mixture is thick and slushy, about 2 hours. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out the top.

strawberry slush

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites on high until foamy. With the mixer on medium, slowly add the remaining sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl, beat the cream on high until stiff peaks form. Beat in the vanilla and the lime zest. Then gently fold the whipped cream into the egg whites. Pour over the slushy strawberry mixture and smooth out the top. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Cut into squares and eat.

doesn't it look cool already?

These bars were fruity and creamy, with just the right amount of tartness from the lime. And so, so refreshing on a hot summer night. I wouldn’t recommend eating them with your hands, as it’s a bit melty and sticky, but a fork works just fine.

two refreshing layers

How are you surviving the heat?

2 Comments on “Berry Cool”

  1. That looks great. I think we’d melt down here without AC, but I hear it’s almost as hot if not hotter in some parts of New England now. Crazy!

  2. Caroline says:

    Strawberry and lime are an awesome combo–reminds me of summer. These bars look delicious! I agree with you on the standing in front of the freezer deal. The BEST.

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