Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Failed Strawberry Creations

So far the most successful thing I have done with those strawberries is put them in a big gallon size freezer bag and make a smoothie with some of them. Sunday I made the virgin strawberry bellinis. No one really liked them. I didn't think it tasted too bad, but the carbonation in the sparkling cider made me feel sick. (I don't drink carbonated drinks very often.) Even though I won't make it again maybe someone else will try it and like it. They were actually really easy to make!

Virgin Strawberry Bellinis
14 ounces fresh strawberries
6 ounces water
1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
3 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider

In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil 14 ounces of hulled fresh strawberries, 6 ounces of water and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth; strain through a fine sieve. Pour 1 ounce of the strawberry puree into each of 5 flutes and top with 3 ounces of chilled sparkling apple cider.

We didn't use all the strawberry puree from the bellinis, so I decided to use it to try and make cookies. Instead of following the recipe for strawberry cookies that I had. Bad idea! I won't elaborate on that one.... I may try to make strawberry cookies some other day, following the recipe, if I do I'll post about it.

The next thing I have to do with the strawberries is try making jam with them! I need to borrow the canning equipment from my grandma.

Right now I'm just tired and hungry. One thing I know is I don't want strawberry anything. My mom is cooking Hamburger Helper- yum!


  1. Your recipe sounds yummy. I like my bellini deflowered though :)

    I am sure the jam will come out beautifully!

    I haven't had hamburger helper in forever. Now, I'm craving it! Thanks! hahaha :)

  2. I used to make a strawberry cake (in High School) that I loved - it called for a packet of strawberry jello as well as fresh strawberries, & extra oil in a white cake mix - it was so rich & moist & yummy! You were also supposed to add an extra Tbsp or 2 of all purpose flour, & I forgot that one time (so it was super moist) & someone thought I'd forgotten ALL the flour - no, I still used the mix, lol!

  3. Great recipe - I might try it.
    Good luck with your jam...I love homemade strawberry jam!

  4. I like strawberry smoothies and Granma's so I'm glad to hear there was some tasty goodness mixed into all that work!