On the rare occasions I have to cook I’m always searching for a recipe that is easy, but appears that you’ve slaved for hours. When I bake I never really mind spending endless time in the kitchen. About the only thing that intimidates me in the bakery is yeast. Otherwise I’ll take on just about anything. There are times when I just come across a sweets recipe that is easy and people rave. This is one of these recipes…
In the original recipe it called for layering graham crackers, but I was at Trader Joe’s and they didn’t have any so I made do. I don’t know if they have these buttery waffle cookies at your local Joe’s, but don’t buy them. It’s nearly impossible to not eat the entire box in one sitting!
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed
- 3 1/4 cups whipping cream, divided
- 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 box of butter waffle cookie from Trader Joe’s
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
Take out a few of the best-looking strawberries and set them aside for the garnish. Hull the remainder of the strawberries and slice each berry into thin slices.
With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whip 3 cups of cream until it just holds stiff peaks. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and whip to combine.
Spread a small spoonful of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking pan, or a similarly-sized platter. Lay down six waffle cookies. Lightly cover the top of the graham crackers with more whipped cream, and then a single layer of strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of waffle cookies. Spread the last of the whipped cream over the top and swirl it lightly with a spoon. Add a few more strawberries.
To make the ganache, heat the cream until bubbles form around the edges, then pour over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a few minutes, then whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy. Drizzle this over the layered dessert with a spoon, or transfer to a squeeze bottle and use that to drizzle.
Refrigerate for at least four hours, or until the cookies have softened completely. Garnish with additional berries.