Friday, June 01, 2007

la Buona Tavola/The Art Of Cooking

This is strawberries season, and there is no better time than now to make this delicious dessert.

Strawberries Baskets with aceto balsamico/ Cestino di fragole con aceto balsamico

Ingredients for the baskets:
5 oz. of butter
5 oz. of flour
3 eggs whites
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

For the filling:
10 oz. vanilla ice cream
1/2 lb. Strawberries
16 drops aceto balsamico

Preparation:
In a bowl, wisk the butter with the sugar and the vanilla extract until frothy. Slowly, add the egg whites and then the sifted flour. Put this cream in a pastry bag with a smooth nozzle and form four disks on a buttered cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes on a 425 f oven. Remove and while still hot. Place each disk over an upside down glass. The overlapping edges will turn downwards, thus creating a basket.
Let cool and then remove from the glasses.
Clean and dry the strawberries and place them in the baskets.
On each dessert plate, place a spoon of vanilla ice cream and let it melt for a couple minutes until soft. Place a basket next the vanilla ice cream.
Drizzle about four drops of balsamic vinegar over each basket, garnish with strawberry leaves.

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