2007 Strawberry Dessert Contest Winners

First Place: Carolina Strawberry Tiramisu
by Amanda Boury, Raleigh, NC

4 cups strawberries
1 Tbsp. vanilla syrup
3/4 cup amaretto liqueur
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup whipping cream
Cocoa powder

Puree 2 cups of strawberries. Whip whipping cream until soft peaks, whip in mascarpone cheese, vanilla syrup, and amaretto. In a large bowl or other deep dish, place a layer of ladyfingers which have been soaked briefly — less than a minute — in pureed strawberries. Add a layer of sliced strawberries and then a layer of the whipped cream mixture. Repeat. Top with cocoa powder. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
2nd Place: N. C. Strawberry Dessert
by Sarah Spaugh, Winston Salem, NC

1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine crust ingredients, pat in 9 x 13 inch pan and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.

First Layer:
1-1/2 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz. size, 12 oz. total)
1 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 cups Cool Whip
Mix well and spread on chilled crust. Chill again.

Second Layer:
1-1/2 cups sugar
5 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2-1/4 cups 7-Up or Sprite
1-3 oz. pkg. Strawberry Jell-O
1 quart or more sliced fresh N.C. strawberries
1-pt. whipping cream
3 Tbsp. pulverized sugar
Jumbo strawberries for garnish
Combine in saucepan the sugar, cornstarch, salt, 7-Up, and water. Cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add Jell-O. Cool, then add strawberries. Put over first layer. Refrigerate. Whip whipping cream, add pulverized sugar. Spread whipped cream over strawberry layer. Top with jumbo strawberries for garnish.
Third Place: Strawberry Almond Pound Cake with Almond Cheesecake Filling
by Mary Boury, Knightdale, NC

Krusteuz pound cake mix
2 tsp. pure almond extract
2 cups chopped strawberries
1 tsp. vanilla
Prepare pound cake as directed. Fold in strawberries, vanilla,and almond extract. Bake; may need additional baking time. Cool completely. Slice layers horizontally into 4 layers.

Philadelphia Ready-To-Eat Cheesecake Filling
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. pure almond extract
2 cups sliced strawberries
Stir vanilla and almond extract into cheesecake filling. Layer pound cake, filling, and sliced strawberries. Chill
Children’s Category: Strawberry Cake
by Taylor Prince, Raleigh, NC

4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg. strawberry Jell-O
1/2 cup water
1 pack French vanilla cake mix
1-1/2 cups fresh NC strawberries (needs to be frozen)
Mix first 5 ingredients and then mix into cake mix. Beat well. Put into two round layer pans and Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Crush frozen strawberries and put between layers.

1 stick butter, softened
1 lb. powdered sugar
half-and-half or cream, as needed
1/2 cup (or more) strained strawberries
Cream butter with sugar, adding cream as needed to obtain proper icing consistency. Add strawberries. Mix together and spread on cake.

Source of Recipe: Passed down from great grandma