Friday, February 19, 2010

Valentine's Day Special: Berry Recipes!!!

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and I am sure most of you all must have started planning for the perfect date… a date may it be an adventure filled one or a simple sea-side one, it isn’t complete without a perfect meal… so here are some recipes for your romantic meal … Romantic meal = Strawberry with Cream mmmmmmmmmmmm


Strawberries and Champagne ……. Remember the scene from Pretty woman… Romantic! Isn’t it!!!

Strawberriiiiiesss ... Hmmmmm ... I think Strawberry completes a romantic meal... but apart from that did you know that eight medium strawberries contain only 45 calories, yet provide you with more vitamin C than one orange?

Strawberries are packed with fiber and are high in folate and phytonutrients that will boost your general health, lower heart disease and cancer risk, and improve your memory!!!

Woooow!!! So much with a romantic meal!!!

Cool, aint it???

I just visited the very own Berry Land of India - Mahabaleshwar...

and thought of writing a Strawberrlog, err... I meant a blog on strawberriesssss.............................

EK STRAWBERRY ME DO NISHAN !!! ;) LOLZ…..

So here you go with soooooo beri beri strawberry recipes... Enjoy!!!


STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIES:
A quick meal-in-a-glass that everyone will enjoy! All it takes is a blender, fruit, ice, yogurt and you've got yourselves a nutritious breafast....A-QUICK-PICK!

STRAWBERRY MUFFINS
Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups maida

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Method:

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt in a large bowl and stir well. Add fresh sliced strawberries, stir well, and make a well in the center of the mixture.

Combine buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla essence, egg and egg whites. Add to dry mixture stirring until just moistened.

Divide batter evenly among 18 muffin cups dusted with some flour and greased with butter. Sprinkle some sugar evenly over muffins.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans immediately; let cool.


STRAWBERRY JAM:

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Strawberry pulp (thick pulp of fresh strawberries)

1 cup sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

Method:

In a large pan, take the thick Strawberry pulp and sugar together and bring it to a boil stirring constantly. Cook until it thickens. Just before it is done add the lemon juice for glaze and let it cool. Once completely cooled, pour in an air-tight glass jar and preserve in refrigerator.

Smother this fresh strawberry jam on a slice of bread.....mmmm...delicious!

Strawberry topping to go with almost anything:

Ingredients:

1 cup Strawberries, cut into small pieces

½ cup castor sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

1 tbsp lemon zest

Method:

Combine strawberries and castor sugar in a large sauce pan and cook until it starts to thicken. Then add the lemon zest and let it cook for a while, later add lemon juice for glaze. Pour this hot sauce over pancakes or an ice cream and make it taste richer!!!



Fruity Strawberry Cooling Salad:

In a Salad Bowl, mix together some dices strawberries, peaches, watermelon, kiwi slices and some orange juice. Sprinkle some castor sugar on it and add 2-3 leaves of mint.

Refrigerate and Enjoy!!!



Easy Strawberry Cheese Cake:

Ingredients:

1 big bowl of Powdered Digestive Biscuits (Powder the biscuits in a mixer- do not use marie biscuits)

1 cup strawberry pulp

1 cup cream cheese

1 cup thick cream

½ cup melted butter (as required)

Some fresh strawberries for garnishing

Method:

In a bowl take the powdered digestive biscuits and add butter to it. I cannot give the exact measure for the butter as you will need to check the texture for yourself. The texture should be like the wet sand, is what you need to keep in mind.

The next step is, in a well-greased cake tin layer the sandy textured powdered biscuits.

Meanwhile, blend the cream cheese, thick cream and the strawberry pulp together.

Now pour this mixture over the biscuits layer.

Garnish with fresh strawberries and refrigerate until set. (at least 6 hours)


Strawberry Sorbet:

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups water

1 cup sugar

8 cups fresh strawberries

¼ cup light rum

2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel

¼ cup lime juice

1 tablespoon orange liqueur

Instructions:

In a medium pan, combine water and sugar. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat and cool syrup completely.

Blend Strawberries until smooth.

In a bowl stir together pureed strawberries, rum, lime peel, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Stir in the cooled syrup.

Freeze in an air tight container!!! (at least 6-8 hours)



-Amrutha Langs