- Fresh strawberries require inspection for insect infestation. Please see “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking for insect infestation.
- 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 (3 oz.) packages vanilla instant pudding mix
- ½ cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 8 cups mashed strawberries
- ¼ cup kosher Kirsch
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 loaves pound cake
- 1 cup whipping cream
- In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, pudding mix, confectioner’s sugar and milk. Beat until smooth and set aside.
- Combine the strawberries, kirsch and sugar in a medium bowl, mixing well. Remove 1 cup of the strawberry mixture. Puree in a food processor and reserve.
- Slice the pound cake into 1/2-inch slices. Line a 9x13-inch dish with cake slices. Layer 1/3 of the cream cheese mix, then a 1/3 of the strawberry mixture, then the remaining cake in the prepared dish. Layer half the remaining cream cheese mix, half the remaining strawberry mixture, remaining cake and remaining cream cheese mixture in the prepared dish. Swirl the remaining strawberry mixture over the top.
- Chill for 4 to 8 hours.
- Whip the whipping cream in a small mixer bowl until stiff peaks form.
- To Serve: Cut the dessert into 3-inch squares. Top with the reserved strawberry puree and whipped cream.
- If the green crown is to be removed, do so carefully without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing you to wash both the inside and outside of the strawberry.
- Briefly soak berries in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Allow the berries to soak for a few minutes.
- Carefully wash off the entire surface of the strawberry.
- Gently dry each strawberry. They may be used without inspection.
- Carefully remove the green leaf of the strawberry without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing both the inside and outside of the strawberry to be washed.
- Rub the surface of each individual berry while holding it under a stream of running water. Careful attention should be paid to the area beneath the green leaf at the top of the berry.
Inspection for Long Stem Strawberries:
The beauty of highly-priced long stem strawberries may be marred by contact with water and/or the removal of its green crown. We therefore recommend the following washing procedure:
- Taking an individual strawberry in hand, lift the green leafy crown at the top of the berry and, with a soft brush, e.g., soft bristle paintbrush or women’s make-up brush, brush off entire surface of strawberry.
- Each berry should be carefully inspected under strong light. Thrips may crawl into the crevices of the strawberry seeds. The entire surface area must be visually inspected. A magnifying glass can be a most helpful tool for easy identification of insects.
- If the strawberries are found to be heavily infested, the entire pallet should not be used.