Monday, May 18, 2009

Strawberries, Strawberries and More Strawberries This Way & That Way!!

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
2 cups cold sparkling water or club soda
Mint sprigs, garnish
Whole strawberries, garnish
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice, stir, and remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then strain into a clean pitcher.

In a blender, puree the pint of strawberries and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until well chilled.

Add the sparkling water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve, garnished with mint and strawberries.

Strawberry Soda Pop Cake

1 yellow or white cake mix
1 large pkg. or 2 small pkgs. strawberry Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup strawberry soda pop
1 small box vanilla INSTANT sugar free pudding
1-1/2 cups skim milk
1 large container of lite cool whip
Prepare cake mix according to package directions; bake in 13x9x2-inch pan. While still warm, puncture cake with a fork, about every 2 inches.
Combine Jell-O and boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Add strawberry soda pop to Jell-O and stir. Pour over cake while warm. Refridgerate this cake for at least 4 hours before serving.
Mix pudding with 1 1/2 cups skim milk, and beat until thick. Stir in Cool Whip and spread over cake before serving.

7 Up Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

1 pie shell (8" size) baked & cooled; or crumb crust if preferred
1 pint fresh ripe strawberries, washed,stems removed, well drained
1 cup sugar
1 cup 7up (or Squirt)
5 tablespoons arrow root or cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1/2 lemon, juiced
4 tablespoons cranberry jello
Place strawberries in pie shell with flat side down.

Glaze: In a medium non-aluminum saucepan mix all ingredients EXCEPT the cornstarch or arrow root. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add cornstarch or arrow root and cook until thick. Remove from heat & stir in the jello. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.

Spoon glaze over fresh strawberries in pie shell. Completely cool, then chill in refrigerator overnight.

Decorate the outer edge of the pie with whipped cream or cool whip.

If using pre-made crumb pie crust, melt 1/3 cup chocolate morsels; with small slanted cake spatula, spread a thin coat of chocolate in bottom only, of pie shell. Apply chocolate in a circular motion making sure you cover the complete bottom of shell. This prevents the crumb crust from breaking up when you slice the pie. When using a chocolate crumb crust I use white chocolate chips for the coating


The Charm House said...

I think I am going to have to make a trip to the Strawberry fields!!! I love strawberries so much and my favorite is a Strawberry Cake!!!!
The strawberry lemonade may have to be made at a party that I will be having soon! YUM!!!
Hugs and love you!

Cynthia Holt Ziemian said...

Yummmm!!! Where do I start? I am going to make the crock pot meatballs tomorrow! I remember Mom making these when I was young! What kind of great recipes would you recommend to serve a BIG crowd, at 4th of July? We'll be in Oklahoma and it's usually hot, hot!!! I like your simple, yet delicious ideas!!!