Recently, I stumbled upon a bookstore that was closing with huge discounts on everything. It was packed with people trying to find books or stationery or anything of their interest. I was very excited but nervous as it looked like a battleground. Most of the books were gone or were out of place. I am not very good at bargain hunting but I managed to pick a few books, calendars and a tangram puzzle. One of them was obviously a cookbook. It was a desserts book and even though I am not too fond of making desserts I picked it up, as it had recipes with just 4 ingredients. They looked simple, interesting and different. The recipes that had caught my eye were creamy espresso pudding and key lime and peach trifle. Something, I will be trying soon. Most of the recipes in the book are easy with no prep time and can be easily adapted according to your taste or liking.
So this recipe is based on the strawberry shortcake recipe from the book. I decided to add mango too to it. Some chopped pistachios and almonds would make it extra special.
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup sliced strawberries
a few vanilla wafer cookies
2 mangoes cubed
Puree half of the strawberries in a food processor. Whip the cream with the sugar until stiff. Divide into two portions. Mix strawberry puree in one. Puree half the mangoes and mix it with the remaining cream. Taste and adjust the sugar. Now spoon a little strawberry cream in a bowl or a glass, arrange a few cookies on top, then add a layer of fresh mango and strawberries, followed by mango cream, cookies then fruit. Add more layers if needed. Refrigerate for a few hours. Serve chilled. It is a rich dessert but great for kids as any fresh fruit can be sneaked in it.