Creamy Vanilla Pastry Filling- this recipe is a great base recipe. Keep this one in your recipe file, you'll need it again.
2 cups heavy cream
2 egg yolks
½ cup white sugar
½ cup milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 T butter
Whisk together egg yolks, milk, and vanilla set aside. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, butter and salt. Continue stirring and bring to a boil. Immediately add egg mixture and stir constantly until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Using a long toothpick, poke a hole in the top of each strawberry through the green stem. With a circular motion create a larger hole inside of each strawberry. Fill a metal tipped pastry bag with filling. Using the metal tip, pipe cream into the hole. Dip filled strawberries in your favorite dipping chocolate and allow to set.
Get creative! Roll your unset dipped strawberries in mini chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, or dip again in a white dipping chocolate. If your toppings start "sliding" off your strawberry, let the chocolate set a little more before adding your extra toppings.