As I have mentioned in the past, baking is not one of my strongest skills. I give tons of props to those who are truly amazing at it. I dont seem to have those baking instincts. If something doesn't work out, I have no idea what I did wrong or how I could fix it. I will stick to the savories for now :) Balancing salt and acid, no problem.
It was a scorching hot day here in the city. It seems to have become summer over night. New York is one big tease, the weather goes up and down and its either all or nothing. You get used to those drastic weather changes, but sometimes you want to yell at the sky and say "Give me some consistant weather! damn you!" So that being said I was lazy and I will admit that I bought something already made. If you have the time, patience and your not worried about turning up the heat on your oven, then you should make it from scratch. I bought angel food cake from Whole Foods Bakery, my bad :P Top it off with macerated strawberries, some freshly whipped cream and your good to go. So delicious, light, fresh and it screams summer. This would be perfect for entertaining and impressing people.
1 container of fresh strawberries
2 cups of heavy cream
1 tablespoon of sugar
teaspoon of vanilla extract
angel food cake
Rinse and slice strawberries, place in a bowl. Sprinkle a 1/2 tablespoon of sugar over the strawberries. Depending on how sweet your berries are this can be adjusted. Right now at the start of the season the berries aren't that sweet, later in the summer I may use less. The sugar pulls out the juices from the strawberries and also creates a lovely sauce. This is called macerating. It's a great technique with any berry. Add two cups of cold heavy cream to a bowl. Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whip with a whisk till firm peaks. There is no reason to buy canned whip cream! It's so easy and tastes a million times better. Place a slice of angel food cake on a plate, top with a dollop of whip cream, cover in the strawberries and add some fresh mint.