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strawberries & creme frozen bars

I first spied these frozen treats in Martha’s FOOD magazine for the summer. Then I saw them over at ValSoCal’s blog and since everything Val dishes up makes me drool, I knew it was a sign I had to make these!  They remind me of virgin strawberry daiquiri’s…yum.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled, halved if large (6 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 7 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I use a homemade version that includes scrapings of Tahitian vanilla beans and pure clear rum)

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine strawberries, 3/4 cup sugar, and pinch of salt and puree until smooth. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Transfer to freezer and scrape with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is thick and slushy, 2 hours. Smooth top with a rubber spatula.

The bars are very simple in terms of ingredients and even though they contain vanilla extract, it’s safe to say they are gluten-free (just for you Jules!).  The hardest thing in my opinion is the process of freezing/scraping the puree so it makes a sort-of granita mixture.  This takes about two hours.

Don’t let the 2-hour process scare you away.  Once it’s done you can be proud of yourself for (1) sucessfully making granita and (2) sculpting your arms.

When you’re an avid workout-avoider like myself, you gotta take what you can get wherever you can get it!

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until foamy. With mixer on medium, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 3 minutes. In another medium bowl, beat cream and vanilla on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. With rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into egg-white mixture. Pour over strawberry mixture and smooth top with rubber spatula.

Freeze until firm, about 4 hours (covered, up to 3 days), before cutting into 12 squares. Don’t worry about them melting, they will be gone before you can say, “Dessert’s ready!

9 Comments to “strawberries & creme frozen bars”

  1. I am going to have to make these B! They look delish!
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  2. Simply “yuuummmmyyy.” You take great pictures, Bianca. : D
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  3. OMG, I can almost taste this!!! I have to try this. lol
    steph anne recently posted..I’m Baaaack from California!

  4. amazing! thanks b! <3

  5. So I went to check out Val’s blog and her ice cream pb&js are brilliant! Thanks for pointing me her direction. :)

    Also, these look so yummy! And I love your arm-sculpting routine. I’m all about that. ;)
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  6. These sounds amazing and I love how pretty they are!

  7. Girl…….yours looks absolutely amazing!!! I want one right now! =)
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  8. Oh yum!! Those look decadent. I don’t know if I could wait so long to eat them…4 hours???
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