Ingredients: Per 6 servings
- ½ lb all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 ½ oz sugar
- 3 ½ oz butter
- 1 lb strawberries
- 4 oz confectioners sugar
- 1 ¼ lb whipped cream
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until you have a creamy, light-colored mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until the form soft peaks. Then add the egg whites, flour and butter to the bowl with the egg yolks and sugar.
Whisk briskly, eventually adding a tbsp. of cold water, until you have a smooth, solid cream. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
In the meantime, wash the strawberries and remove the green tops. Set aside a third of the berries, selecting the most beautiful for the garnish. Place the remaining berries in a bowl and cover with powdered sugar.
Then, remove the mixture from the fridge and divide it into thirds. Use a rolling pin to roll each portion out into a thin disk. Bake the disks in a 400° F oven for 10 minutes.
Once done cooking, remove the disks from the oven and let cool. In the meantime, pass the strawberries and sugar through a sieve, collecting the puree in a bowl. Gently fold in ½ of the whipped cream.
Assemble the dessert by placing a disk on a large round plate. Cover with a layer of strawberry cream, then place another dish on top. Repeat. Cover the top of the dessert with the remaining whipped cream, spreading it with a spatula to cover it entirely. Decorate with the remaining strawberries.
Keep the cake in the fridge until the moment of serving.
The combination of strawberries and cream is commonly considered sexy and provocative. This pairing dates back to the time of Louis XIV, King of France. The women of his court would often eat strawberries grown in the royal gardens and dipped in cream in order to get the attention of the gentlemen they were looking to win over.
Strawberries themselves have always been considered the fruit of love, in part for their heart shape and in part sue to their deep red color. According to an ancient legend, strawberries were born from the tears of Venus. A long time ago, the goddess of love fell for a beautiful young man named Adonis. The two became lovers, however Mars, the revengeful god in love with Venus, turned himself into a wild boar and killed the young Adonis.
When Venus found out what happened, the beautiful goddess began crying. Her tears landed on and mixed with the blood of Adonis, turning into many small strawberries.
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