Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Strawberry Recipes


First off . . . . .interesting strawberry facts:

  • The botanical name of strawberries is Frugaria, which in Latin means “fragrance”.
  • Origins of the common name, "strawberry", include the reference to ‘straw' used in mulching the plants. Children in London collected the berries, strung them on pieces of straw and sold them in the markets as "Straws of Berries."
  • The average American eats 4.85 lbs of strawberries a year. That is unless you’re my friend, Paulette—she eats about that much in one sitting. She LOVES strawberries!
  • Strawberry leaves can be brewed into a tea. It doesn’t taste very good but works as a good laxative according to Alton Brown.
  • I’ve included some of my favorite strawberry recipes below. I hope you try them. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Mom used to make this pie during strawberry season. You can only make this with fresh strawberries, folks. Otherwise you will have a syrupy mess and the texture will be a gruesome mush. You don’t want that!

Mom’s Strawberry Pie

2 c. sugar

2 c. water

5 TBSP cornstarch

¼ c. corn syrup

1 pkg. strawberry Jello

2 qt. strawberries

2 baked pie crusts

1 large container Cool Whip

Bring the sugar, water, cornstarch, and corn syrup to a boil. Remove pot from stove. Stir in Jello until it dissolves. Put one quart of berries in each prepared pie crust. Pour liquid mixture over berries dividing equally between the two pie crusts. Let pies set in refrigerator for an hour. Frost with Cool Whip. Makes 2 pies. Refreshing!



This is an old Pampered Chef recipe that I had at a PC party many, many years ago. This is a great finger food for a party and it’s very friendly for those watching their figure.

Apple Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Chips: 2 (10”) flour tortillas

1 TBSP. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Water

Salsa: 2 Granny Smith apples

1 c. fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

1 small orange

2 TBSP. brown sugar

2 TBSP. apple jelly

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Lightly brush one sie of tortillas with water using a pastry brush. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the tortillas. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Place wedges on a baking sheet. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.

While tortillas are baking, peel, core and slice apples. Place sliced apples, strawberries, and kiwi in food processor. Zest and juice orange and add to the food processor as well. Add sugar and apple jelly. Pulse in food processor till coarse and “salsa-like”. Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips. Serves 8. 74 calories each and less than 1 gram of fat!


This next recipe is (forgive me for saying this) da’ bomb!!!! One of my former culinary coworkers, Barb, gave this to me. Her mother used to make this cake for her birthday every year. You WILL NOT regret making this recipe! I promise! The finished product is pictured above.

Strawberry Cake

1 box yellow cake mix

1 (3 oz.) package strawberry Jello

½ c. vegetable oil

¼ c. berry juice (water may be substituted)

3 eggs

1 c. fresh strawberries, crushed (this is where you get the above berry juice from)

Icing:

½ c. butter

1 lb. box of confectioners sugar

½ c. fresh strawberries, crushed

Empty cake mix into a large bowl. Add Jello, oil, berry juice and eggs. Mix thoroughly with electric mixer. Stir in crushed berries. Bake in two 9 inch pans for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Stir in berries and mix well. When cakes are cooled frost with icing. Actually, this cake is tasty even without the frosting! Strawberrylicious!!

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