LEMON-CREAM Dessert “EASTER BASKET” PASTRIES w/ Fresh FRUIT

Table of Contents: DESSERTS (N0N-FROZEN)

 

To get the most volume when whipping cream, have the cream stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator and keep it refrigerated until just before using.   Briefly chill the electric mixer bowl and the beaters in the freezer prior to beating the heavy cream.

 

1 package of 8 frozen individual pastry shells

Heavy whipping cream to make 2 very full cups of whipped cream

4 oz. cream cheese, very soft

6 T. granulated sugar, plus extra to sweeten the strawberries

4 T. confectioners’ sugar, divided

1 T. lemon juice

8 braided marshmallow sticks or other flexible candy sticks (I found the ones in the photo at the

Dollar Tree!)

5 or 6 fresh strawberries, finely diced

2 fresh, ripe Kiwi berries; peeled, sliced, and slices cut into halves

 

 

 

Cook the pastry shells according to the package directions and set aside to completely cool.

 

While pastry shells are cooling, whip the heavy cream using the above instructions.  Sweeten the whipped cream with 2 T. of the confectioners’ sugar.  Remove the whipped cream to a small bowl and refrigerate.

 

Using the whipped cream bowl (no need to wash!) beat the softened cream cheese with the 6 T. granulated sugar and the remaining 2 T. confectioner’s sugar to blend; then beat in the lemon juice until smooth and creamy.  By hand, fold in the 2 very full cups of cold, sweetened whipped cream.

 

When pastry shells are completely cold, fill shells with the lemon-cream mixture.  Then, place diced strawberries to resemble Easter eggs in an Easter basket.

 

If using the marshmallow sticks, heat a non-stick skillet; then bend the marshmallow sticks to make a "handle" to fit the “baskets”.   Press both bottom edges of the marshmallow "handle" into the hot skillet to slightly melt the marshmallow. Immediately affix the sticky bottoms of the marshmallow "handle" to each side of the pastry shells to resemble a basket handle, and press for a few seconds to bond the “handle” to the pastry and the aluminum foil shell.   Add the kiwi berry half slices to the filling on opposite sides from the “handle”.   Refrigerate until serving time.  When moving the baskets, do not pick-up by the "handle" since they are just for "show".  Makes 8.

 

The lovely, petite “baskets” can be served for any occasion, not just for Easter.  Vary your "basket handle" and the fruits to be used to suit your party occasion or season such as bridal showers, baby showers, Christmas or Thanksgiving baskets, birthday parties, anniversaries, luncheons, or dinner parties.   Fun to come up with different themes, and delicious to eat!

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