Strawberries with Vanilla Cream and Graham Crackers

April 24, 2017

Strawberries are one of our favorite things about warm weather. When they show up at our local farmers’ market, we know it’s time for a backyard barbecue. Here, we let the fresh fruit shine, accentuating it with a vanilla-infused whipped cream and a crunchy top layer of graham cracker bits. You can prep this dessert hours before dinner, making it a low-effort finale to your meal. We really like setting up the dessert into individual jars for each of our guests, but you can serve this as a large-format, family-style dish too. Below you will find the recipe for this great dessert from our book Host.

Strawberries with Vanilla Cream and Graham Crackers
makes 6 servings

2 cups whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 pints strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1 package (6 sheets) Graham crackers, finely crushed

  1. To make the whipped cream, combine the whipping cream, vanilla and ½ cup sugar in a large bowl. Whip until stiff peaks form and you can scoop up a taste with your finger. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To assemble the dessert, use a medium bowl to toss the strawberries with the remaining sugar.
  3. In small jars or glasses (or in one large serving dish), layer the sugared strawberries and whipped cream. Finish with a layer of graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.