Strawberry icebox cake
4 cups strawberries, cut up
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and stir in sugar and cornstarch. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cook and stir 2 more minutes. Stir in lemon zest, juice and butter. Remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl, cover surface with plastic wrap. Chill until completely cool.
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups AP flour
Oven 375 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the zest and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Add into the sugar mix. Mix until just combined. Separate into 4 equal portions.
Place the first portion onto a baking sheet and press into an even, thin layer. Bake for about 10 minutes, until just set. Don't let get brown, since you are going to freeze it. Repeat 3 more times to get 4 cookie sheets total.
Let cool completely. Then remove pan and parchment.
2 cups strawberries, sliced
3/4 cup heavy cream + 1 tbsp sugar, whipped to soft peaks
Place one cookie sheet back on the baking sheet. Spread 1/3 of the whipped cream on one of the cookie sheets, covering all of the top. Spoon 1/3 of the sauce over the whipped cream, as evenly as possible, but making sure not to mix the layers. Top with a cookie sheet. Repeat. Once done, loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Cut into squares of your desired size and serve frozen.
The way my icebox cake came out is a perfect example of why you should actually read the entire recipe when baking anything. I looked at the ingredients, skimmed over the instructions, not actually reading any of the cookie part. Thinking I know how to make a cookie, I don't need to read this. So after mixing all the ingredients to create the dough, I pressed all of it onto one baking sheet. Thinking it looked quite thick, I just threw it in the oven anyway. Turns out I was actually supposed to divide it between 4 baking sheets, not make one giant thick one. I just had to go with it from there. Super thick cookie that I had to cut into strips to create the layers. It still tasted great, even though the cookie froze quite hard being so thick and obviously more difficult to cut once it froze. From all my scraps of broken cookie pieces, since I had to cut it up, I threw together a little parfait. Which was eaten very quickly....
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