I wanted to make something with strawberries, they are quite sweet now, so I pulled out my old Kraft Cookbook. When I say old, I mean from 1971 old. There is a great Strawberry Glace Pie that I have made for years, but for Easter dessert I wanted to make it fun, so everyone could assemble their own dessert. Let’s begin our deconstruction!
Sweet Pastry Dough
- 18 oz Flour (One pound plus 4 Tblsp)
- 1/3 cup plus 2 Tblsp Sugar
- 1/3 tsp Salt
- 10 oz cold Butter
- 3 oz Crisco
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 1/3 Cup Water
Mix the flour, sugar and salt together. Using the paddle attachment mix in the butter and crisco. Mix until the butter is the size of a large pea. You can also do this by hand with your hands. Combine the egg yolks and water together then pour it in. Only mix until combined, over mixing means a tough dough!
Roll the dough out onto a sheet tray or cookie sheet until around 1/4″ thick. You will get an approximately 15″ x 12″ oval. Size does not matter, just thickness. Remember there is no need for perfection! We will be crumbling this up after it is baked.Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, it will be lightly golden. Let cool.
While the crust is baking lets make the Strawberry Glace.
- 1 Cup of smashed Strawberries, either in Cuisinart or with hands. ( Don’t use the feet, we are not making wine!)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 4 Tblsp Cornstarch
- 2 Cup Water
Put all ingredients into a saucepan, on medium high heat. Use a whisk and mix constantly. We want this mixture to thicken and come to a boil. Take off the heat when thickened, you can add a few drops of red food coloring to intensify the color. I didn’t have any red so I used a drop of pink food coloring. Let cool.
- 2 (8 oz) Cream Cheese (softened)
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Mix all ingredients together. Scrape down bowl and continue to mix until combined and creamy.
12 oz container of Strawberries (clean and slice)
Cool Whip for layering, if you would like.
Crumble the cooled crust into a bowl. The glace, cream cheese layer, cool whip and the strawberries can be put into bowls too. This is going to be our assembling station.I went to the local thrift store and picked up some inexpensive glasses for our deconstructed dessert.
Let’s proceed with the layering process, I layered it as if it was the whole Strawberry Glace Pie; Crust crumbles, cream cheese layer, strawberries, glace, cool whip and on and on. The adults had fun making these and I like the idea of adding more or less of what you enjoy the most, I added more crumbles and cream cheese to mine! This recipe is enough for 8 large parfaits.