Nothing says “SUMMER’S HERE” more than a bowl of fresh strawberries! Dot and Mae love everything about strawberries – their bright color, their sweet fragrance, their juicy flavor – oh! and their tiny little seeds!
Today Dot and Mae cleaned a whole big batch of fresh strawberries – they were so lovely and delicious! Dot and Mae wish you could smell how wonderful they smelled! First Dot and Mae wash them really well to make sure all the dirt and stuff gets washed off. Then they carefully take a knife and cut the top of the strawberry off – the green leaf top can’t be eaten silly! You can just pull the tops off with your fingers if you like, but Dot and Mae just cut them off today because they were going to cut all the strawberries into chunks.
You can eat the strawberries just like that or maybe you want to sprinkle a little bit of sugar on them first – or just top them off with a dab of whip cream – all of those are lovely ways to eat strawberries.
You could also make them into a recipe – like strawberry muffins
2 1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 t baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 egg white, slightly beaten
Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and stir well. Add fresh strawberries; stir well, and make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients; stir well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray; sprinkle 1 1/2 tbsp sugar evenly over muffins. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans immediately; let cool on a wire rack.
A really wonderful thing to drink on a hot summer day is strawberry lemonade! Here is a recipe for that:
· 1 1/2 cups sugar
· 1 1/4 cups water
· 3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 16 lemons)
· 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems and caps removed
In a pitcher or container, whisk together the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and stir. Puree the strawberries and strain to remove the seeds. Add the strawberry puree to the lemon mixture and stir. To serve, pour into 10-ounce glasses filled with ice.
Here is a haiku poem about strawberries. Maybe you will be inspired to write one of your own!
Speckled scarlet treats
ripen in mossy green beds
One last neat idea for strawberries that Dot and Mae discovered is
Wash the whole berries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Fill a shallow bowl with colored sugar (you can buy this at the grocery store or mix your own by stirring two drops of food coloring into 1/4 cup of sugar).
In a mixing bowl, blend four ounces of softened cream cheese, two teaspoons of confectioners sugar, four teaspoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract with a fork until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
Now, holding the berries by their stems, dip them into the cream cheese, roll them in the sugar, and enjoy!