Strawberry Festival Desserts

Every summer, without fail, our family goes to the New Gloucester Strawberry Festival. We make sure to eat a light dinner, so our bellies can handle the humongous desserts that the volunteers at the festival so lovingly create.

CP#2 waiting in line - does he look excited or what?

CP#2 waiting in line. Does he look excited or what?

The line to choose a dessert gets a little longer each year, but oh, the end result is worth the wait! Visitors can choose a “super” that consists of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, Hodgman’s Vanilla Custard, and a homemade biscuit. Or you can opt out on the biscuit and go for a strawberry sundae. If you’re looking for something lighter, fresh strawberries and whipped cream are also on the menu.

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Colored popsicle sticks indicate the dessert of your choice.

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While nothing can fully replicate what the volunteers do here, you can create a similar dessert at home. For the super strawberry shortcake, we recommend trying our favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe. The whipped cream is also easy to make. Purchase a pint of heavy cream from your local farm or market. Pour the cream into a mixing bowl, and if you choose, add a half-teaspoon of vanilla or a teaspoon of sugar, (depending on how sweet you want the cream). Mix with a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid® until large peaks form.

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The ladies at the festival told us they mash fresh strawberries in a bowl to make the topping. And for the ice cream or custard? Maine has so many incredible choices. Why not have fun trying a few different options? Or if you have an ice cream maker at home, you could always make your own.

Our short strawberry season is a time to savor. Why not indulge in a delicious dessert?

PS: A few of our favorite Maine ice cream options: herehere and here.

 

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