In my new book club, we all take turns making dessert. Laurel has made Real Simple’s raspberry oatmeal bars, which are so sweet you’ll want to have just a small slice (even though you’ll crave more). I have made (big surprise) my favorite brownies. Friday night, Bat-Ami and her son, Lucas, who’s almost 11, made a super simple version of strawberries Romanoff, a nice, light treat. Could it be any easier—or prettier?
Simplest Strawberry Romanoff
Layer in parfait dishes or kid-friendly clear plastic cups:
Bottom pink layer: Puréed strawberries and whipped cream (to taste, roughly 1 part strawberry to 2 parts cream)
Middle red layer: Puréed strawberries
Top white layer: Whipped cream
Decorations: Sliced strawberries (mint is another option)
Note: An adult should handle the purée step—Bat-Ami used a stick blender, but a blender or food processor would also work. For kids, it’s all about scooping, dividing, and layering—all of which help develop hand-eye coordination, math skills, and spatial relations.