Monday 21 August 2006

recipe carousel #10 - strawberries

After waxing lyrical about strawberries on my Saturday post about macerated strawberries, I discovered I’d collected a lot of strawberry recipes from the blogging world and so it’s a perfect opportunity to focus on sweet strawberries for this week’s Recipe Carousel.

Excellent timing as well, since today is the ninth birthday of my niece, Aanika (pictured here as a bambina). Aanika takes after both her maternal and paternal grandmothers in that she is a strawberry-blond lass (in a litter of sable haired boys).

Pale, pale skin, bright blue eyes and strawberry-blond hair. Don’t forget the freckles either! A small splattering across her nose, just like moi!

A few years ago, my brother and his wife up and moved to the Gold Coast (QLD). It’s an area of beaches and surf and I imagine Aanika is slightly at odds with this climate given her very northern European complexion. I assume there’s plenty “slip, slop, slap” action every time she heads outdoors.

So here are seven sweet strawberry recipes for my strawberry-blond lovely: Happy 9th Birthday Anička!

Strawberry Charlotte comes from Béa, a French expat in the USA (La Tartine Gourmande). When she was growing up, Béa didn’t like her name and instead longed to be called Charlotte. Maybe that's why she adores this dessert so much? This non-cook recipe passed down by her mother consists of ladyfingers, strawberry accented chantilly cream, strawberry syrup and raspberry coulis. Bliss. Photo courtesy of Béa.

Fragolaceto is a very unique recipe from Johanna in the UK (The Passionate Cook). This is a compote of strawberries, sugar and balsamic vinegar that comes from Modena in Italy: fragola meaning “strawberry” and aceto meaning “vinegar”. It can be eaten drizzled over ice cream or as part of a cheese board, matching particularly well with the strong flavours of parmigiano. Photo courtesy of Johanna.

Strawberry Mille Feuille is an excellent little treat form JenJen in Australia (Milk & Cookies). This was her first attempt to make mille feuille and the results look delightful. Crisp filo pastry encases fresh strawberries and vanilla cream – simple yet elegant. This recipe comes with a bonus savoury mille feuille of vegetables and chevre cheese. Photo courtesy of JenJen.

Strawberry & Coconut Terrine. Sam in Canada (Sweet Pleasure) uses fresh coconut to flavour a crème anglaise which she layers with strawberries and chills. The final product is unmoulded and served with a strawberry and red wine coulis. Photo courtesy of Sam.

Steamed Strawberry Puddings are sweet, sticky contributions from Haalo in Australia (Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once). These warm, winter treats are flavoured with saffron syrup, which Haalo explains matches wonderfully with the flavour of the strawberries. The recipe is very straight forward and the results look fantastic. Photo courtesy of Haalo.

Rhubarb & Strawberry Tart. Alicat in the USA (Something So Clever) was torn between making a pie and a tart when she developed this dessert. It’s a rough and tumble recipe that combines the fruit, sugar and butter while cooking. A great visual feast as well. Photo courtesy of Alicat.

Strawberry Bread. Cate in the USA (Sweetnicks) hosts a weekly food event called Antioxidant Rich Tuesday where I first discovered this recipe. It’s a fast and easy to follow process of flavouring a cake-like bread with walnuts, cinnamon and fresh strawberries. Delish! Photo courtesy of Cate.

For other strawberry recipes, I discovered a three part recap of a June food blogging event “Jihva for Strawberries” hosted by the Baking Fairy: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

The Victorian Strawberry Association also has some recipes to sift through, as does Beerenberg Farm and

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Note: Usual comments are more than welcome but all html links must be strawberry recipe related.

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  1. Those recipes look great. And I can't believe Aanika's 9, is it really that long since we were in high school?r

  2. hi aunty Anna i love you yes I am Anna's niece everyone. I think the srawberry charlotte looks yummy.


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