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Blogmas: Festive Food - Strawberry Santa Claus.

10 December 2013
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Food, Glorious Food!

I like food. I like everything to do with it. Buying, preparing, cooking, eating, sharing, throwing..

I was flicking through a Coles magazine which is something I have never done before, I'm not sure what possessed me to pick it up but after a few pages I spotted cute little strawberries decorated with whipped cream to create mini Santa Claus treats, usually if I'm serving strawberries with cream I cut 2 crossing lines down the center, squeeze them open a little and fill them with my own special cream filling, they taste so good but when I saw these Santa strawberries I just had to give them a go. Mum and I just demolished the whole plate you see above and I can tell you they were very tasty indeed.

You'll have to forgive some of my photos, I used my iPhone because it was convenient and some of the photos looked good at the time of taking them but once they were uploaded to the computer they looked like shit. The food is now being digested so taking them again would be quite a challenge.

Ingredients and Tools:
  • Strawberries.
  • Thickened cream.
  • Cream cheese.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Caster Sugar.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Beaters or whisk.
  • Piping bag or freezer bag.

First up you want to whip your cream, no one in history would expect you to do it by hand if you can't be bothered. I used 150ml of cream, this will make enough mixture to fill approximately 3 punnets of strawberries. Before you start mixing add your caster sugar and vanilla extract (this will ensure the sugar is completely dissolved by the time the cream thickens), I used 1 teaspoon of the sugar and about 8 drops of extract but add a little and taste because this is where personal preference is going to reign supreme, my amounts make quite a sweet mixture which some may not enjoy. Another thing to take in to consideration is how sweet your strawberries are, mine weren't high on the natural sweetness scale so I made my cream mixture sweeter than I usually would.

Once your cream is whipped (took me about 5 mins with the big hand whisk. FYI: In this case size does matter) you want to move on to prepping your cream cheese. Take 2 tablespoons of cream cheese and add 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream in a separate little bowl, mix it up really well. This softens the cream cheese and it's now ready to be dumped in to the rest of the whipped cream and gently mixed in until it's all well combined.
You can totally leave this part out if you prefer, I find it adds a very slight texture difference and adds a slight tangy pop here and there but it really is not necessary, omitting it will cut the cost of the recipe too.

Next prep your strawberries, give them a good wash, dry them with paper towel if you like and then cut off the stems and about 1cm of the top, discard the stems but keep the rest.

I don't have a piping kit so I filled a freezer bag with my cream mixture, roll down the sides and spoon the cream in to one corner, pick it up, twist the bag so it can't smoosh all over the place and snip the corner (I cut off a tiny, tiny piece so I had more control). If you have a pipping kit just use that. Easy peasy.

Take your strawberry sections and pipe some of the mixture on to the top of the fatter piece, I used a back and forth motion to create my fluffy effect but if you have a piping kit you'll have many options available to you, experiment for fun fluffy effects! Place the smaller piece of strawberry on top and pipe a little cream on top to create a red hat effect. I finished it off by using a tooth pick to place a little cream on the bodies for buttons and after rushing a final picture mum and I started to shove them in our faces. We nommed and they were good!

Another option is using a little melted chocolate to pop eyes on the hat piece, this was done in the Coles mag but I had no chocolate on hand so I didn't bother this time but I think it'll make a nice touch for Christmas lunch.

One last little idea I want to share with you is a super easy but visually appealing way to decorate a pavlova, not sure about you guys but they are super traditional in our house for Christmas lunch/dinner and the decoration is almost as important as ensuring that we have the biggest one we can find as our centerpiece for desert. I have experimented for years when it comes to making it look colourful and inviting and the favourite seems to be what I consider the 'lazy pav'.

I call it the lazy pav because it takes me about 5 minutes to decorate it but it gets the most "ooohhh", "aahhhh" and "wow" compliments when first spotted.

Whack a crap load of whipped cream on your pav. Sliced strawberries will be your first layer, I usually get about 5 slices from each strawberry and use a whole punnet, there is no set way of putting them on, don't be neat and pedantic, lay some flat, shove some in the cream so they stick out and don't worry if they overlap here and there. Mango pieces are next, I just use one, cut the cheeks off and and do a cross hatching cut so they can be turned out, then just slice off the little pieces and let them fall over your strawberry layer. Take a kiwi fruit, cut it in half, peel it and then cut in to thin slices before sprinkling over your mango. Finally blueberries get dumped on top. The colours will be ridiculously enticing and you will be bombarded with compliments. Enjoy feeling awesome and your lovely pavlova.

I fucking love Christmas.

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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4 comments on "Blogmas: Festive Food - Strawberry Santa Claus."
  1. All of these look absolutely delicious, especially loving the Pavlova decoration. :)

    1. Every time I see the pavlova picture I start drooling again. Only 15 days until I get to make another. Christmas is awesome.

  2. strawberry santas are such a fantastic idea! I'm gonna make them a bit closer to christmas, my boyfriend will be in it for a treat ^_^ thanks so much for the post!

    1. Thanks for reading! I'm glad my non beauty post was well received :)