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Into the strawberry season! Dessert ideas from the gourmet kitchen

Did you know that we owe the strawberry to a happy happenstance? Although the Romans are said to have enjoyed their small fruity predecessor, today's popular pineapple strawberry originated only at the end of the 17th century.

No berry, a nut!

However, the name of the red vitamin C bomb is confusing. Strictly speaking, strawberries are not berries at all but pickled nut fruits. The part of the strawberry that tastes so good is not the actual fruit: these are the little yellow-green dots that give strawberries their characteristic appearance. The pleasure of course does not detract.

Seasonally enjoy and do not store

Strawberries are a classic seasonal item: In Austria, they are best enjoyed fresh from May to June from the field, where you can taste different varieties. Good, juicy and sweet strawberries, however, do not last long. It should be eaten immediately and stored in the fridge for a short time in the fruit compartment.

If you discover some mushy berries after shopping, don’t get upset: you can still process these berries into a strawberry sauce. This is done in one step: mix strawberries with little sugar, lemon juice and water. Bring them boil and serve hot or cold - ready! You can safely do without sugar.

Recipe: Strawberry mascarpone curd cheese cream

For 2-3 people you need:
  • 250 g of natural yoghurt
  • 250 g mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
  • if necessary 4 tablespoons granulated sugar (with sweet strawberries you can completely do without it)
  • ½ tsp bourbon vanilla sugar
  • 150 g strawberries (quartered or halved depending on size)
The preparation is simple: stir everything together! When the strawberries are cut into larger pieces, they are very noticeable in the cream. If you mix them first, a creamy dessert is created. Let yourself be guided by your taste!

Apropos: This cream tastes particularly good in pancakes, which are particularly well deserved by our guests.

The cream is also a healthy and attractive alternative to ice cream for children.
Of course you can also inspire the offspring with other strawberry variations: for example with chocolate strawberry skewers, which you can use, for example. Quickly prepare yourself for children's birthday parties: put strawberries on skewers, dip in melted chocolate, let’s cool - done!

My tip: make strawberry ice cream sorbet yourself!

If you like it even fresher, I recommend strawberry ice cream sorbet. This hot summer day dessert is prepared in 5 easy steps:
  •        Quarter the strawberries and freeze.
  •         Boiling the sugar: Boil 150 g of water and 80 g of sugar until a syrupy consistency is achieved.
  •         Mix the frozen strawberries in a (suitable) beaker mixer.
  •         Add the hot syrup over the mixed berries.
  •        Mix everything up again and refrigerate for ¼ hour in the freezer.
The result will inspire you!

What are your favorite recipes with fresh strawberries? I'm looking forward for your personal favorites! Please share your ideas in comment section :)

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