Who doesn’t love strawberry desserts?
From the wild strawberry to the larger juicier cultivated varieties there is a range of size and subtle flavors, but all have the appealing bright red that brings a splash of color to your table.
Now that these wonderful berries are available all year round they can make a valuable contribution to your diet, as fresh strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are low in carbohydrate content, but high in fiber, and have an array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which makes them a valuable contribution to a healthy diet.
Fresh strawberries and cream are the epitome of summer, an elegant but simple dessert that appeals to everybody, young or old. It doesn’t end there though. The possibilities for delicious desserts are almost endless. As well as dipping in sugar and serving with cream strawberries can be served with ice-cream, incorporated into cakes and puddings, mousses or sorbets.
Strawberries can be combined with other fruits such as blackcurrants and raspberries to make that traditional favourite – summer pudding, served with custard, cream, or ice-cream.
Why not try a strawberry sorbet? Light and sophisticated, this is an ideal dinner party dessert that’s easy to prepare. All you need do is to crush your strawberries and rub them through a nylon sieve to extract the seeds.
Then stir in a little lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons for 1 kg of fresh strawberries), and then whisk in 250 gm of icing sugar. Simply pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn until frozen. If you don’t have a machine you can pour into a tray and then scratch it up into shards when it is almost solid.
Freeze again for an hour or so before serving. This method produces a slightly more crunchy texture, rather in the manner of an Italian granita.
Here are some other ideas for strawberry desserts:
Make the most of strawberries when you can find them, as they are one of nature’s great gifts and truly versatile.