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Roasted Strawberry Tart

You know warmer weather is approaching when strawberries first make their appearance at the market. They're great in jams, salsa, salad and, my favorite, dessert.

Strawberry shortcake is a popular treat and if you're looking for a new recipe, try Sherry Wilkins (Cabot, AR) My Favorite Strawberry Shortcake recipe. It's lightly sweet and showcases the berries perfectly. For this post, though, I thought I'd share some of my favorite strawberry recipes that go beyond a shortcake.

"Lee and I went to the farmer's market last weekend and bought a bunch of fresh strawberries," explains Cassie Thornburg (Anaheim, CA). "Knowing we wouldn't be able to finish them before they go bad, I thought I'd make a strawberry tart. However, I didn't want all the fat and calories of the delicious cream that goes under the fruit in a fresh fruit tart."

The result? A delicious Roasted Strawberry Tart. The key to the tart is the hint of balsamic vinegar. It adds a bit of tartness to complement the sweet strawberries. Serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and you have a delicious dessert.

Lindsay V.'s Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream are bursting with strawberry flavor. The cake seems a bit thick when mixed, but bakes up light, fluffy and with just enough strawberry flavor without being overly sweet. The strawberry buttercream is rich, creamy and tops the cupcakes perfectly.

As Lindsay suggests these are "perfect for a little girl's birthday party, themed baby showers, a party celebrating 80's cartoons like Strawberry Shortcake, etc." They're so good you'll be finding an excuse to make this strawberry cupcake recipe.

"These cookies are very soft because of the fresh strawberries," shares Tonna Canfield (Ashland, KY). "The flavor of those strawberries is what makes them so delicious and they just melt in your mouth."

Tonna's Strawberry Cookies are unusual and delicious. Thanks to the addition of fresh strawberries they're nice and moist with tons of flavor. I really liked the chip combinations in the cookie. Strawberries and milk chocolate are a great combination. The white chocolate chips add a sweet creaminess to the cookie. Definitely yummy.

With Memorial Day in a few weeks, consider trying Brenda Nance's (Lexington, NC) Strawberry and Chocolate Brownie Trifle at your cookout. "People will think you spent a lot more time making [this] than you did," jokes Brenda.

A trifle is always great, but the cream layer makes this dessert exceptional. Mascarpone is decadent, and adding balsamic takes it to a next level. I love the chocolate, strawberry, and balsamic flavors, it's a great combination! It's impressive to present and easy to make. It transports easily too if you have to take a dessert with you.

If you're at the market this weekend, pick up a quart or two of strawberries and make one of these delightful strawberry desserts. Happy Pinching!

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