What I do enjoy is taking delicious ingredients (like Driscoll strawberries) and creating my own tribute to the strawberry shortcake. I went into my closet of fantastic cooking aids that have never been used and found a truly oldie but a goodie. Stacks-The Kit, The Art of Vertical Food - Why cook a meal when you can create a sensation? http://www.amazon.com/Stacks-The-Art-Vertical-Food/dp/1580080626. Creator, entertaining expert, interior designer, and entrepreneur Deborah Fabricant said "Stack-it", pack it, and attack it". Thanks Deborah, I think I will.
Driscoll Strawberries, sliced
softened cream cheese (I use Tofutti brand)
dry toasted sliced almonds
*Make strawberry sauce by pureeing fresh strawberries with a splash of fresh lime juice and a pinch of brown sugar.
Take a Stack mold and spray the inside lightly with cooking oil. Put a piece of parchment paper on a plate and put the stack on this, or use a cookie sheet covered in parchment if you plan to make multiple stacks.
Slice the strawberries, sprinkle with some brown sugar, stir and set aside.
Schmear a little softened cream cheese on a slice of pound cake and place it in the mold. Lay sliced strawberries to cover the layer. Repeat with another schmeared pound cake slice with a layer of sliced kiwi. Repeat with a strawberry layer, then repeat with a kiwi layer, and if you have some juice accumulated from the macerated strawberries drizzle some on the stack as you go along.
Top the last piece of plain pound cake with a layer of sliced strawberries. Cover the stack and refrigerate at least one hour, but I did it overnight.
Remove the stack from the refrigerator and put it on a serving plate. Carefully remove the mold to reveal an amazing structure of colorful strawberry goodness. Garnish with the strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and almonds.
This is definitely a wow presentation and really delicious too. I'm sure it has you wondering about all the stacking possibilities, sweet and savory. What would you stack?
(For more about National Strawberry Shortcake Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-S9z5H6XsQ)