Friday, March 20, 2009


Southern Living's website has a great special on strawberries: 25 Indulgent Strawberry Treats

I've picked out a few that look particularly delicious and that I am going to try in the near future.

Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries*
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

1. Process strawberries in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour strawberry puree through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing with back of a spoon. Discard solids. Add buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla to puree; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.

2. Pour strawberry mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.) Garnish, if desired.

*1 (16-oz.) package frozen strawberries, thawed, may be substituted.

Croissant French Toast with Strawberry Syrup
  • 4 large day-old croissants
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Slice croissants in half lengthwise.

Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

Strawberry Sparkler
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle champagne, chilled*

Process strawberries in a blender until smooth; pour into a pitcher. Stir in cranberry juice and champagne, and serve immediately.

*1 (1-liter) bottle sparkling water, chilled, may be substituted.

The rest of the strawberry treats can be found here.

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