2007 Strawberry Dessert Contest Winners

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

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

Preparation:
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

Crust:
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

Cake:
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.

Filling:
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

Cake:
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.

Icing:
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