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Julia Child’s Strawberry Malakoff

This simple vintage strawberry dessert is just as good today as it was then.

food

Julia Child’s Strawberry Malakoff

This simple vintage strawberry dessert is just as good today as it was then.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup orange liquor
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 24 single ladyfingers
  • 1/2 pounds unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cups pulverized almonds
  • 2 cups whipping cream, chilled

Steps

  1. Hull the strawberries and set them on a cake rack.
  2. Line an unbuttered mold with wax paper, placing a circle of wax paper on the bottom of the mold.
  3. Pour orange liqueur and water into a shallow dish. Dip the ladyfingers one by one, and drain on rack. Line sides of mold with ladyfingers. Reserve the remaining dipped ladyfingers.
  4. Cream butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Beat in orange liqueur and almond extract. Continue beating for several minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Beat in the almonds.
  5. Whip the cream until the beater leaves light traces when drawn across the top of the cream. Fold the cream into the almond and butter mixture.
  6. Turn a third of the almond cream into the lined mold. Arrange over it a layer of strawberries, heads down. Cover them with a layer of ladyfingers. Repeat with another layer each of almond cream, strawberries, and ladyfingers.
  7. Fill the mold with the rest of the almond cream and a layer of ladyfingers. Trim off ladyfingers around edge of mold, and press the trimmed-off bits into the top of the cream.
  8. Cover mold with the wax paper, set saucer over the paper, and place the weight on it. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. (The butter must be chilled firm, so the dessert will not collapse when un-molded.)
  9. Remove wax paper. Reverse dessert onto a chilled serving platter. Peel waxed paper from the top, and refrigerate dessert until serving time. Decorate with strawberries and accompany with whipped cream or strawberry sauce.