Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Reprise - Shirley's Strawberries

It's Sunday which means that it's time for Sunday Favorites with Chari at Happy to Design.

This is a favorite of ours and one that I thought I would share again as strawberry season is now long gone and what a beautiful candy or decoration for a cookie or cake plate.

Named for best friend Shirley Ann who gave me the recipe eons ago.

I'm still recuperating well from K2 (as I call my second surgery) but I love to participate in Sunday Favorites whether I'm mobile or not!!!!

A wonderful sweet treat, these strawberries made from J-ello, pecans, coconut, shaped like strawberries and rolled in red sugar. A food colored slivered of almond stuck in the top. They make a great Christmas candy but also are a delight on a tray of tea goodies.

My friend Shirley Ann first made these and gave me the recipe. It was long long ago for I've had the recipe "forever" -- it even predates daughter Sarah!

At Linderhof, it's not Christmas nor am I having a tea but rather I made these as decoration for a strawberry cake that is to be served at my sorority event this evening. I think it shall be pretty, each piece of pink strawberry filled cake topped with one of these strawberries.
I call the recipe Shirley's strawberries although I'm sure the real name must be J-ello strawberries. One of those recipes thought up by the company that makes the product as another way to use their product. But it is a good recipe and a fun confection both to make and to eat.

Shirley's Strawberries

2 (3 oz.) strawberries Jello
1 c. pecan ground
1 c. coconut ground
3/4 c. sweet condensed milk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Red sugar
Sliced almonds

Add all the above ingredients together (except for the red sugar and almonds) and chill for 1 hour or overnight. Sliced almonds, add green food coloring to these until you get color of green you want. Take strawberry mix and shape with hand looking like a red strawberry. Next roll in red sugar until coated. Stick green almonds for steam. Keep in refrigerator will last a week in refrigerator.


Unknown said...

The strawberries look great and thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Hope you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...

The strawberries add a little bling wherever you use them. Delightful!

Allie and Pattie said...

How unique!! And what a good idea to use them as embellishment! Hope you're feeling ever better Martha
xoxo Pattie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

I have never heard of this recipe, my friend! Ohhh...I bet that Shirley's strawberries made a fabulous decoration for your cake! They sound very tasty...I would really love to give this recipe a try! They would be lovely served at a tea!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us today for Sunday Favorites!!!

I do hope that my note finds you well, Martha! Sending prayers for a quick recuperation from your surgery, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jim and Cynthia said...

I remember my 7th grade home ec teacher making these for aa special event at the school. I'll never forget how amazed I was at how much these looked like the real thing! Thanks for bringing back a memory of Miss Krolicki to me.