One thing I so thoroughly enjoy about food is the memories that it can spark. I love taking a bite of something and having it transport me back to my childhood or to lazy days on the beach in Hawaii. Take this recipe for example: After making this, I was transported back to many a summer days as a kid. Playing Star Wars and ghost in the grave yard with my sister and cousins at my grandma's house. The gum tree, mud pies, mulberry bushes, the swimming pool at the country club..... well, this list could go on and on.
This is a dessert that my grandma used to and my mom still makes. It's a recipe that has been in my family for quite sometime now and I have been given the ok to share it with all of you! It's so absolutely perfect for these hot summer days. It's light, it's frosty, it refreshing and it's down right delicious! Hope you enjoy it as much as we have! (by the way, the pictures don't do this dessert justice...I promise you!!)
Frosty Strawberry Squares
Recipe courtesy my mom, via my grandma, via our cousin Karen
1 cup sifted flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter
2 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the flour, sugar, walnuts and melted butter. Place in a shallow pan or baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Once cooled, sprinkle 2/3 of the crumbs into a 9 x 13-inch pan.
In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, sugar, strawberries, and lemon juice. Beat on high speed for about 10 minutes. (I used a hand mixer, just like my mom and grandma, but you can use your stand mixer for this if you want)
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whip cream; fold into strawberry mixture. Spoon combined mixture over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or more before serving. (This makes a lot of bars - too much for just Chris and I - so I cut the recipe in half and put it in the a 8x8-inch pan and it made 9-12 bars depending how large you cut them.) Enjoy!
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