2 pounds fresh strawberries
3 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 sleeves graham crackers (about 24-28 whole crackers)
2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
1. Set aside 8 of the best looking strawberries for garnish (see photo above). Wash & hull the remainder of the strawberries, then dry on a paper towel. Cut each berry into thin slices.
2. With a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whip 3 cups of cream until it just holds stiff peaks. This will take about 4-6 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar and vanilla; and whip to combine.
3. Spread a small spoonful (about 1/3 of the mixture) of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan, or a similar sized platter. Lay down enough graham crackers to cover the layer of whipped cream. Cover the top of the graham crackers with a single layer of strawberries. Repeat two more times, until you have 3 layers of graham crackers. Spread the last of the whipped cream over the last layer of graham crackers and swirl lightly with a spoon. Add a few more strawberries.
4. To make the ganache, heat 1/4 cup whipping cream until bubbles form around the edges, then pour over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a few minutes, then whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy. Drizzle this over the layered dessert with a spoon, or transfer to a squeeze bottle and use that to drizzle.