Archive: June 2012

Other posts on this topic: Strawberry Week Day One: Strawberry Hand Pies, Strawberry Week Day Two: Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Week Day Three: Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Week Day Four: Strawberry Habanero Barbeque Sauce.

I had to take a hiatus from my Strawberry Week posts yesterday because of this state of emergency. We’re having a cookout tomorrow, so the water crisis required some rethinking of the day (we bought a kiddie pool that we can’t fill this weekend). And Adam and I were just beat last night. So, here we go with the next installment! The pictures aren’t that brilliant, but to be fair…with H as my kitchen helper my ability to practice my food photography skills is just gone.

These super easy truffles are fromSweet Designs by Amy Atlas, and I seized my white chocolate the first two batches. This was a sign yesterday that I was just too distracted to finish. I tried again today, and they’re great. I’m serving these tomorrow at our cookout, I can’t wait to post some photos of the treats table I’ve been putting together.

Strawberry Truffles (from Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It by Amy Atlas, p. 153)

2 2/3 cups white chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves (I used my strawberry jam!)
1 cup pink sanding sugar or pink dusting sugar

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Other posts on this topic: Strawberry Week Day One: Strawberry Hand Pies, Strawberry Week Day Two: Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Week Day Three: Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream.

Some things in life need to be played close to the chest. Such is the case with this barbeque sauce, which I concocted myself. I’ve gotten it into my head that I need to have some secret recipes to pass on to H, and this is one of them. I knew we’d be having some cookouts this summer, and I decided to try my hand at a homemade sauce. We’re having folks over on Sunday, so it will be the first chance to give this sauce a field test.

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Other posts on this topic: Strawberry Week Day One: Strawberry Hand Pies, Strawberry Week Day Two: Strawberry Jam.

We bought an ice cream maker I don’t know how many years ago, but it’s been sitting in one of the kitchen cabinets almost ever since. Adam LOVES ice cream, but the recipes that came with the machine were terrible. We accidentally made some awesome chocolate ice cream one Christmas, when I messed up the pudding for this. Turns out it was a perfect ice cream base, but I couldn’t repeat the happy accident–I just kept making perfect pudding, dagnabbit! And then I bought this book to get creative, but it all sounded so intimidating and complicated. So, you know, we we were all on board with the homemade ice cream idea. But it just never came together.

But I’ve made a lot of custards, puddings, bechamels, caramels, etc. since then. My comfort level with a cooked milk recipe is much higher now, and strawberry ice cream just happens to be Adam’s absolute favorite.

So when I threw the last quart and a half of strawberries in the freezer until I decided what to do with them, I kind of already knew it would be ice cream. I just had to get past the mental block about our ice cream maker.

I’m glad I did.

This is an Emeril recipe. There are tons of recipes out there, I just happened to pick this one. It’s awesome. I’ve never even been a fan of strawberry ice cream which, to me, is one of the most artificial-tasting flavors you can buy. But made fresh it’s a game changer. It suddenly makes the whole British Wimbledon obsession with strawberries and cream make perfect sense. It makes the strawberries taste more like strawberries than you could possibly imagine, with this glorious smooth and creamy finish. It’s heavenly. I made 2 quarts of the stuff, and even when I ended up changing half of this recipe as I ran out of ingredients (I cooked the egg in my first batch when H had a tiny meltdown) or messed up the sugar measurement (it’s listed twice in the ingredients list, took me a minute to catch) it was perfection. And would be perfection even with frozen strawberries. I’ve posted the notes for my changes below.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
(Yields 1.5 quarts–mine was a little more like 2 quarts)

1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed and quartered (**I had a quart and a pint, I used it all)
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar (**I ended up using 3 cups of sugar)
4 cups half-and-half (**I used 2 cups whole milk, 2 cups heavy cream)
1/2 vanilla bean, split in half and scraped (**I…just realized that I completely forgot to add any vanilla. Oh, well!)
6 egg yolks

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Other posts on this topic: Strawberry Week Day One: Strawberry Hand Pies.

Okay, this recipe was the main event of my strawberry mania this year. I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe to make 6 big jars of seriously amazing jam. And it was actually pretty easy and straightforward. I do love canning more and more these days.

I had 12 ounce mason jars instead of 8 ounces, but for some reason I ended up with only 6 jars of jam from the same recipe. I think that’s plenty, though.

Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Jam

5 pints strawberries, hulled
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, strained
1 1/2 (49-g) packages powdered fruit pectin (**this is basically 1.5 boxes of fruit pectin, each little box had 49g in it)
10 1/2 cups sugar

Canning supplies:
Large canning pot (large enough to completely submerge the jars in water–**I use my big stockpot)
Canning tongs
Twelve 8-ounce mason jars with lids and screw-on rings (**I ended up with 6 12-ounce jars, go figure)
Wide-mouth canning funnel
Canning rack to go inside the pot (**I use my pie weights on the bottom of the stockpot)

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I kind of went crazy with strawberries this year. So much so that I have a whole week’s worth of strawberry recipes to post. So I’m doing one a day, and I’m starting with the shortest.

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