Jul 9, 2007

Strawberry Coldsweet

Have you ever plucked a strawberry from a tree and popped it straight in your mouth? I have. We had been to Huber farm 2 weeks back. This farm grows fruits and vegetables as per the season and offers free u-pick and eat. We visited the farm for strawberry season. There is a tractor that takes you to the farm. I had never seen a strawberry bush before and was amazed to see rows and rows of small strawberry bushes. All you have to do is start plucking and eating. Eat as many as you can and buy the rest of the berries.

I and P decided to compete each other. We started plucking the best strawberries and decided we will count who has the maximum ones and declare him as the winner. Cheater as I am, I tried to pick a couple from P's box when he was not looking. Unfortunately, he caught me red-handed and became "extra-alert" at his task. Left with no means, I hurriedly picked as many as I could. During all this exercise, we ate the plumiest and tastiest of berries. At the end of the competition, I was declared the winner with 96 berries:)

We even tasted some strawberry wine at the local winery. Well, after the trip we were left with some 150 berries and even after we distributed some among friends, there were still a lot of berries that we were clueless what to do with all of them. We soon got bored of substituting the evening tea with strawberry milkshake. That's when I found this simple recipe in a book. This recipe solved my "berry consumption" problem and the results turned out fantastic.


Strawberry Coldsweet
Serves: 3

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups strawberries
  2. 1/2 cup whipped cream
  3. 1/4 cup orange juice
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  5. 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

Method

  1. Wash and cut all strawberries into half.
  2. Combine orange juice, vanilla essence, sugar, and strawberries in a bowl. Chill this in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. When the mixture is chilled, add beaten whipped cream. Mix together and serve chilled.

Verdict: This effortless dessert is a crowd pleasure. You might want to go easy on the vanilla essence as it adds a strong taste to the dessert.

19 comments:

Suganya said...

Fabulous recipe. I would serve this over store-bought sponge cake.

Coffee said...

Thats ridiculously easy!!!! :) And sounds dilicious!!:)
Awesome dessert Swapna!!!

Tee said...

What a great way to serve strawberries! I love them, especially the ones found in Farmers' market.

Roopa said...

wow yummy dessert swapna.

bee said...

that sounds yummy. strawberry and orange is an unusual combo.

sra said...

Very nice and easy recipe, Swapna,first time in your blog, I think. Like the name of the post too, v descriptive.

Jyothsna said...

How easy!! Fantastic Swapna!

Asha said...

Just looking at it making my mouth water.What's not like? Everything is yummy:)

Richa said...

150 strawberries, that's cool :)
such a quick & yummy recipe!

Swapna said...

Suganya: That's a cool idea.
Coffee,Tee, Roopa, Bee: Thanks for the comments, girls. Do try the dessert and let me know how it turns out.
Sra: Welcome to Swad!I am happy you liked the dessert.
Jyothsna: I really like such easy desserts. That's why I keep hunting for recipes.
Asha: You bet this one's bery bery mouth-watering:)
Richa: We had a strawberry feast. I am looking forward to go to that farm again.

DEEPA said...

simply super dessert ...I love strawberries.Last week i bought some 3 boxes of them from the store .I make sure to make this one ...

shilpa(Aayisrecipes) said...

I have heard so much about strawberry picking, but never been to one. Its been a long time I am thinking about it. After reading your post, I am more inclined to do it soon :).
This looks like a nice dish for summer, I will try it soon

Priyanka said...

Dear Swapna,
Another way to utilize those strawberries- Chop them finely, add sugar according to taste (if strawberries are sour, add more) and freeze it. Whenever you have guests or you feel like, you can either puree it or use the strawberries for icecreams, puddings and other desserts.

Dilip said...

lovely and simple yet yummmy dessert...great...i have to try it...thx

Swapna said...

Deepa: let us know what u did with all those strawberries.
Shilpa: You shud go for strawberry picking. You will thoroughly enjoy it.
Priyanka: Thanks girl for the wonderful suggestion.
Dilipji: Thanks! Try it and let me know how it turned out.

Sharmi said...

that is very simply sweet. we are planning to go do some farm picking this weekend.

RML said...

Hi swapna,
Nice refreshing one in summer.
Looks yummy..
Thanks for sharing
Madhuri

swapna susarla said...

Hi Swapna
The dessert looks delicious.

Linda said...

Hi Swapna, this berry treat sounds great, I'm sure my kids would gobble it up. There's nothing quite like picking your own berries in summer, or apples in autumn. They always taste better somehow :)

Also loved the peanut curry recipe!