Sunday, June 8, 2008

Strawberries With Lemon Cream

I love making pretty food, of course I want it to taste good too. This past Saturday I co-hosted a brunch for a bridal shower, I made these strawberries with lemon cream to serve to the guests. Since June is Dairy Month (and we were dairy farmers for more than twenty years) I thought I should share the recipe. I wish I could have used some of our fabulous local berries but they're not quite ready for harvest.
This recipe was clipped out of a magazine more than twenty years ago, it's been in my recipe binder all these years...unfortunately I don't have the foggiest idea which magazine it came from.

Strawberries With Lemon Cream

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (I use a Microplane grater)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 containers (1-pint size) strawberries

1. In bowl, with electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon peel and juice til smooth. Cover; refrigerate. Filling can be made ahead and kept refigerated.
2. Remove hulls from berries; place on paper-towel-lined tray, hulled end down. With sharp knife, cut an X through the top of each berry (don't cut all the way through). Pull sections apart slightly.
3. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with 1/2 inch star tip. Pipe a heaping teaspoon in center of each berry. (Berries may be filled 2 hours before serving.)
To serve: Place in paper petit-four cups.
Makes approx 3 dozen.

notes: I use my "Super Shooter" electric gadget to pipe the cream into the berries. I also make sure the cream is chilled before I pipe it into the berries, if it's room temp it's too soft and the piping doesn't look as pretty.

I'm hoping to post some more dairy/berry recipes this month. My friend Tami made a Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake for the bridal was absolutely fabulous. Pop on over to her blog if you're interested in the recipe, she kindly blogged it for us.


quilly said...

HAve any recipes for the local huckleberries? I miss them so!

April said...

YUM! these look fantastic!

Dianne said...

my mouth is watering!

tami said...

They were so good. I thought about them again yesterday and wondered if they were gone or if I could pop over. I can hardly wait for the berry season and to make a batch for my guys. Thanks for posting!

Carletta said...

This is very pretty food!
My Gosh they look delicious.

Jodi said...

yummy food pic!!!

Lori said...

So pretty and so yummy looking! I must try that one after I go picking my strawberries.