b'Marianist TableSAVE ROOM FOR A STRAWBERRY DELIGHT(FUL) DESSERTMarianist Sisters share Marianist hospitality by sharing recipes and mealsBy Kathleen NelsonU p until now, the Marianist Table has supplied a bountiful The key to the recipe is the crust, which resembles rich, flakyassortment of appetizers and a collection of entrees featuring shortbread. The dough needs a few minutes of tough love chicken, beef, and fish. kneading, spreading, and pokingto give it the necessary shapeWe hope you saved room for dessert. If not, read on about Straw- and integrity.berry Delight and loosen your belt. Youll be glad you did, and youll The filling of Jell-O and strawberries is good but simple. It eventhank Marianist Sisters Durie Kim and Gretchen Trautman. works as well with sugar-free as regular Jell-O, she said. What givesThe sisters live and share cooking it the kick is the crust.duties with two other sisters at the Pillar Though the recipe is relatively straightforward, Strawberry DelightCommunity in San Antonio. is well-suited to large gatherings or special occasions. Sister GretchenEach of us has specialties, said Sister serves it a few times a year, especially during the annual StrawberryGretchen, Provincial for their Province of Festival in nearby Poteet, Texas, where the fruit grows in abundance.the U.S. We all enjoy cooking, but the best The dessert also appears at gatherings with other Marianist com-part about being the cook is you get to make munities around San Antonio or at receptions with donors, families,what you really like.and friends.Hence, Sister Gretchen chose Strawberry Sharing our recipes and sharing a meal give us the chance to reflectDelight but prepared it under the watch- our spirit of hospitality, she said.ful eye of Sister Durie, 93, who brought the Among the desserts many fans, though, the debate rages as toSister Gretchen Trautman recipe from her home in Hawaii.whether it needs adornment, such as a dollop of topping. SisterShe doesnt cook as much as she used to. But when I made this Gretchen enjoys it plainunless theres some real whipped creamfor the story, I had her supervise in the kitchen to make sure I got in the house. Then, Im really happy, she said.it right, Sister Gretchen said. Kathleen Nelson is a writer/photographer from St. Louis.STRAWBERRY DELIGHT (SERVES 10-12)CRUST INGREDIENTS FILLING INGREDIENTS3 cups flour 3 cups water1 teaspoons salt 1 cup sugar4 tablespoons sugarteaspoon salt1 tablespoon water 4 tablespoons cornstarch1 cup canola oil 3 3-ounce boxes strawberry Jell-O2 teaspoons vanillaCRUST DIRECTIONS 2 pounds strawberries1.Preheat oven to 325 F.2.Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. FILLING DIRECTIONS3.Add water and oil. 1.Combine water, sugar, salt and cornstarch in a pot.4.Knead dough for 2-3 minutes, then press into a ball. 2.Stir constantly over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes.5.Press dough evenly and forcefully by hand into an ungreased 3.Remove from heat. Add Jell-O and vanilla. Stir until the Jell-O 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. The dough should cover at least 1 is dissolved. Cool 45-60 minutes.PHOTO BY KATHLEEN NELSONinches up the sides of the pan. 4.Slice strawberries and add to cooled crust.6.Poke about 20 holes with a fork through pressed dough. 5.Spread cooled Jell-O mixture over strawberries in crust. The filling7.Bake for 40 minutes. should come close to the top of the crust without going over it.8.Cool in refrigerator for at least an hour, or overnight at room 6.Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.temperature, BEFORE adding the filling. 7.Serve as is or with whipped cream. 20 Call 1.800.348.4732'