Summer is hand’s down my favorite season. IT’s warm, daylight lasts longer and summer fruit. Summer fruits alone are reason enough for me to love the season.
Although strawberries aren’t technically a summer fruit, they peak in mid-late Spring, this recipe for an icebox strawberry cream pie will make you wish summer was all year long!
This recipe is SUPER easy and would be perfect to bring as your +1 for that 4th of July get together you’re attending later this week.
What You Need
1 1/2 cup ground graham cracker crumbs(you can buy graham cracker crumbs already ground up)
6 tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup white sugar
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 white sugar (or maple syrup if you’re feeling frisky)
1 tspn vanilla extract
3/4 cup mashed up strawberries + 1/4 cup diced strawberries
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
9″ pie pan
hand or stand mixer
Start with the crust. Preheat your oven to 375. In a bowl, use a fork to combine the softened butter, graham cracker crumbs, sugar and dash of cinnamon. Grease your 9″ pie pan with a spray like Pam or Crisco and press the graham cracker mix into the pan. Pop in the oven and bake for 7 minutes or until nice and golden brown. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
On to the filling. Mix the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract together using a hand or stand mixer. Once combined, incorporate the 3/4 cup mashed strawberries.
In a separate bowl, use the hand/stand mixer to whip the whipped cream. Once you notice the cream beginning to thicken, slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mix until stiff peaks are formed.
Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and gently mix until well combined.
Add the remaining 1/4 cup of diced strawberries to the cream mix.
Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and chill in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours.
This pie is delicious and super light. The buttery graham cracker crust is the perfect compliment to the subtly sweet strawberry filling.
Anyone else a fan of icebox pies??
I’ve never tried Filipino food but always heard great things, so luckily for me the DC area has seen an uptick in the number of Filipino restaurants.
A couple weeks ago I went for a late dinner at The Purple Patch.
Relatively new to the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, The Purple Patch is co-owned by the super sweet & friendly Patrice Cleary and serves up American & Filipino fare. The space is cozy aka small, but welcoming. And there are herbs growing near the ceiling! That alone gives them +10 points in my book.
On to the food!
As an American/Filipino mashup, the menu lists such Filipino favorites as lumpia and pansit but also serves up entrees of ribeye steak and grilled porkchops. I went the Filipino route and started with Mama Alice’s lumpia. Which, fun fact, are prepared by Patrice’s mom down in Texas and overnighted to the restaurant every week!For our entrees, we decided on the pansit with pork belly and the shrimp and kale. The pansit, a thin rice noodle dish with delightfully fresh veggies and pork belly, was tasty and enough to feed at least two people but I’m really here to wax poetic about the shrimp and kale.
I have a thing for dishes made with coconut milk- the slightly sweet flavor of the milk just offers a depth that drives my taste buds wild. I’ll admit, I was a little leery of the dish, shrimp & kale together in a broth? I dunno. But I’m glad my dining mate insisted that we try it! We literally ate ever last bit of this tasty dish. I honestly wanted to lick the bowl. That’s how amazing the broth on this dish it. I’d go back to The Purple Patch off the strength of this one dish. I normally don’t get dessert when I go out but the dessert selections intrigued me.
Particularly the Ube cupcake and ice cream.Aside from the fact that the ube makes this dessert visually delightful it was damn good! The cupcake was moist and not too sweet and the ice cream was just heavenly. I wish I could tell you exactly what ube tastes like but I can’t Just know that you won’t be disappointed if you try it.
Next time you’re in the mood for something different, venture over to The Purple Patch. And if you’re not interested in something different, try them out anyway. You can always order the burger