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Elegant Strawberry Desserts

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Strawberry desserts are simple. Just arrange washed and trimmed fresh berries on pound cake slices, shortcakes, or angel food cake, and decorate with whipped cream. According to the American Algonquin tribe, Strawberry season begins this year on Summer Solstice, which is always the longest day of the year–seventeen hours long, to be precise. This full moon coincides with strawberry season’s start in the Northern Hemisphere once every seventy years, which is why the June 20th, 2016 full moon is called “Strawberry Moon“. ©M-J de Mesterton 2016

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Angel-Food Cake with Strawberries and Cream

A slice of angel food cake is adorned with fresh strawberries and whipped cream applied with a pastry bag, for an easy-to-prepare, elegant dessert. This angel food cake was store-bought, as it is challenging to produce at home. Serve strawberries-and-cream on any sort of vanilla or white cake to create a brilliant ending to luncheon or dinner.
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M-J’s Low-Carb Almond Cookies

M-J’s Almond Cookies are low in carbohydrates, and high in protein.  Mix together in a large bowl:

Ground Almonds, 1 1/2 cups

One tablespoon of flour

Almond or Peanut Butter, three tablespoons

Egg Whites, 2

Pomegranate Juice or water, 1/4 cup

Ground Flax-Seed, 1/4 cup (optional)

One tablespoon of coconut oil

Splenda or Stevia, 1/2 cup or to-taste

Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon

Ginger, 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon

Shape dough into balls and flatten them on an un-greased cookie sheet, and bake in moderately hot oven.

Watch cookies carefully; they will brown quickly on the bottom, so it may be necessary to move them to a higher oven rack during the last few minutes of baking.

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Fill a hollowed-out pound-cake with ice cream, preferably vanilla. Trim the top (see left) so that it is thin at its bottom, and place it on top of the ice cream. Prepare regular meringue with egg-whites and sugar. Frost the ice-cream-filled cake with it and bake the assembled dessert in a medium-hot oven until lightly browned.

Use an oven-proof platter, because transferring this delicate dessert to a serving-dish is likely to damage its careful construction.
This plate is made in Japan by Noritake, in the Blue Adobe pattern.


Bring your Baked Alaska to table while the meringue is still hot. Place the platter on a heat-proof pad or trivet. Cut this elegant dessert into sections and serve it as soon as possible so that the ice-cream filling will be cold and the meringue coating remains warm.
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Baked Alaska, an Elegant Dessert

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Fill a hollowed-out pound-cake with ice cream, preferably vanilla. Trim the top (see left) so that it is thin at its bottom, and place it on top of the ice cream. Prepare regular meringue with egg-whites and sugar. Frost the ice-cream-filled cake with it and bake the assembled dessert in a medium-hot oven until lightly browned.

Use an oven-proof platter, because transferring this delicate dessert to a serving-dish is likely to damage its careful construction.
This plate is made in Japan by Noritake, in the Blue Adobe pattern.


Bring your Baked Alaska to table while the meringue is still hot. Place the platter on a heat-proof pad or trivet. Cut this elegant dessert into sections and serve it as soon as possible so that the ice-cream filling will be cold and the meringue coating remains warm.
©M-J de Mesterton

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Pound Cake for Elegant Desserts

Pound cake is expensive to make, and may not turn out the way that you like. Elegant Survival  published the news last year that pound-cake can be bought in three-packs at warehouse stores like Sam’s Club for about two dollars each. 

I have used these pound-cakes successfully for making baked Alaska, in combination with vanilla ice cream and meringue. Strawberry or raspberry jam may be layered into the cake as well. Please see my Elegant Dessert page for Valentine’s Day dessert ideas.

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

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Pound Cake for Elegant Desserts

Pound cake is expensive to make, and may not turn out the way that you like. Elegant Survival  published the news last year that pound-cake can be bought in three-packs at warehouse stores like Sam’s Club for about two dollars each.

I have used these pound-cakes successfully for making baked Alaska, in combination with vanilla ice cream and meringue. Strawberry or raspberry jam may be layered into the cake as well. Please see my Elegant Dessert page for Valentine’s Day dessert ideas.

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

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An elegant dessert table at M-J’s cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
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An elegant dessert table at M-J’s cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
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An elegant dessert table at M-J’s cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J’s Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook

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An elegant dessert table at M-J’s cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J’s Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook

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An elegant dessert table at M-J’s cocktail buffet holds a cake decorated with French dragée almonds, walnut chocolate brownies, and crisp chocolate-chip cookies.
M-J’s Elegant Appetizers/Appetisers at the Elegant Cook

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Elegant Pound Cake for Easy Desserts

For about six dollars, you can purchase three pound-cakes and freeze at least one of them for impromptu occasions when guests appear for coffee and tea. This is a simple cake that some of us find challenging and rather expensive to make (a pound of butter and several eggs are typically used, together with a cup or more of sugar); luckily there are stores like Sam’s Club where one may find bulk-packs of them in the bakery, costing only six dollars for three cakes. Pound-cake freezes very well and is easy to thaw. Slices of pound cake may be festooned with strawberries and cream, for example, or topped with nuts and syrup.  Pound cake can be used for making the classic dessert Baked Alaska or French petits fours. The creative possibilities are infinite with this classic, versatile loaf. To ensure that you always have something at hand to offer guests, a pound cake in the freezer is an easy, inexpensive and elegant solution.

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