Masterchef Luca Manfe’s Strawberry Shortcake!

With Labor Day just around the corner, take advantage of summer’s best in-season fruit, strawberries! Here is a recipe courtesy of Celebrity Chef Luca Manfé, winner of Masterchef Season 4 (see bio below), and Bauli, for summer’s sweetest treat, Strawberry Shortcake with Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants & Whipped Cream. Chef Manfé’s unique twist on this traditional recipe whips up the perfect dessert for your final cookouts, and is made easy by using Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants – oven baked and ready-to-eat – as the tasty base ingredient!


Strawberry Shortcake with Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants & Whipped Cream

Strawberry Shortcake Croissant

Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants, halved
1 C Heavy whipping cream
¼ C Powdered sugar
1 t Vanilla extract
1 C Strawberries, cut in quarters
2 T Lemon juice
1 T White wine (optional)
1 T Granulated sugar
Fresh mint

Bring the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla to a volume with a whisk or a stand mixer.
Toss the strawberries with white wine, lemon juice, sugar and chopped mint.

Place 2 halved mini croissants on a plate, cover each one with 1 T of whipped cream and finish off with strawberries.

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Luca Manfé

Chef Luca Manfe

Chef Luca Manfé has been in the restaurant business since he was 16 years old, working in a pub in his small hometown in Northeast Italy. When he turned 21, he started to travel the world, working in Italy, Australia, Florida, and New York.  He had the privilege and honor to work with great chefs, experiencing ingredients and techniques from different cuisines. Ultimately, he landed in New York City, in pursuit of the American dream.  Fast forward ten years, and Luca has certainly achieved what he set out to accomplish. Today, Luca is a successful cookbook author, releasing his first cookbook, “My Italian Kitchen,” in May, 2014.  He also runs a small catering company called “Dinner with Luca,” and serves as brand ambassador for Italian confectionary company, Bauli. Luca is the first male (and non-American) to win the title of MasterChef USA.


Bauli Mini Croissants

Choco Mini Croissants

For those with a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Bauli Mini Croissants! Bauli Mini Croissants are a fun and irresistible way to enjoy the full sweetness and delicious taste of Bauli croissants in a smaller, bite-sized snack. A favorite, tasty snack in Italy, the Mini Croissants come in handy, easy-to-pack bags which make for a great snack at home or on-the-go. Oven baked and ready to eat makes them the perfect portion controlled treat!  Available in vanilla custard and chocolate cream; MSRP: $1.99 for 2.64 oz (6 mini croissants per bag).

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