Recipes at Sound Food

Strawberry toppings for any occasion

Have you been tempted yet by a flat of fresh strawberries? When you've had your fill of eating them straight from the container and reveling in this true taste of summer, try one of these sauces. Each recipe is very different. Choose an uncooked sauce when you have fresh, firm berries. Towards the end of your flat, when your berries are going soft, try a cooked topping.

Strawberry Puree (fresh)
This bright red sauce is good on anything but can really dress up a cheesecake.
2 cups strawberries
¼ cup of sugar
½ cup strawberry jam
1 tbls. fresh lemon juice
Wash, hull, and dice the berries. Toss with sugar and let stand in the refrigerator (to release juices.) While you're waiting, in a small saucepan, bring the jam to a low simmer over medium heat. Stir frequently until the jam darkens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Pour this mixture over the strawberries, cover, and cool to serve.
Makes 2 cups puree.

Strawberry Sauce (cooked)
Even though this sauce is cooked, it is still has a very fresh taste and preparation.
3 cups strawberries
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Wash, hull, and dice berries. Combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for about 7 minutes. Take off heat to cool. Using a blender or food processor, puree the mixture. If you like a seedless sauce, run it through a food mill or push through a fine mesh sieve with the back of a spoon.
Makes about 1 ½ cups sauce.

Strawberry Syrup
Use this thick syrup for pancakes or to stir into sodas or milkshakes.
2 cups strawberries,
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water + 2 tbls.
1 tbls. vanilla
1 tbls. cornstarch
Wash, hull, and dice berries. In a saucepan, combine berries, sugar, and ¼ cup of the water. Bring to a simmer. In the saucepan and over the heat, mash with a potato masher. Continue to simmer until thick and foamy. (Total simmer time is 3 minutes.)

In a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water to vanilla. Whisk in the cornstarch. Take your strawberries off the heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cool or serve warm.
Makes 1 cup of syrup.

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