Friday, June 3, 2011

GTTC - cool strawberry treats

After picking bowls full every day for a couple of weeks, it looks like the strawberries are just about done. This week, we kept cool with sorbet and ice cream. I particularly loved the sorbet - super fruity, sweet, light, cool, and incredibly easy to make. The recipe for Fresh Strawberry Sorbet:
  • simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, heated and then chilled),
  • 1 quart of strawberries, pureed,
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice,
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
Throw this chilled mixture into a proper ice cream maker. You know, I'm finished with the cheapo 20 piece plastic hand crank/rock salt contraptions that break upon first use. I'm talking plug in the wall, no cranking, done in 30 minutes. It's totally the way to go. The strawberry chocolate chunk ice cream was...just ok...learn from my mistakes - don't cut the sugar. Ice cream is supposed to be sweet.

This week, I award the first Garden to Table Challenge drawn from the names of GTTC participants. Tangled Branches has won a canning book. I think she has the Ball book, so I'll send The Joy of Pickling - a book I haven't read, but that looks great and has received many great Amazon reviews. Entangled - let me know how it is!

Want to be in it to win it for the next prize (which will occur whenever I think it up)? Simply post about what you're harvesting/cooking up, then link below. Name will be added to the jar for the next prize. The GTTC post will be up every Saturday. Link on the current week's post, whenever you want throughout the week. Don't forget to mention the GTTC in the body of your post. It's the right thing to do. :)


  1. I tried making lemon sorbet yesterday and it was a fail. I will have to try your recipe instead.
    I did not get any strawberries this year, so I ripped them all out. I need to replant new plants in a new area now.
    I think your strawberry treats look so enticing, Yum!
    Thanks for hosting, Wendy.

  2. Strawberry envy here;-). Wish we have a bowl of fresh strawberries too, the ice cream is so yummy!

  3. This ice cream looks very inviting especially on a hot day like what I am experiencing today. Today is the 5th day of the 5th Lunar Month, hence we are celebrating the Duanwu Festival to commemorate Qu Yuan, a poet who committed suicide during China's Warring States period. At home we eat meat dumplings. In Hong Kong, they have Dragon Boat races.

  4. We love sorbet but I haven't made it in years, probably because we go out for ice cream so often. ;-) I'm now remotivated to make my own.

    I'm honored to be the recipient of the pickling book, and will definitely make something from it!

  5. This looks just delicious, Wendy. I don't have an ice cream maker but maybe I need one.

  6. That looks soooo good, and strawberry has always been my favorite flavor. Here in RI we have yet to taste a single local strawberry. The weather was so crummy at the beginning of the season, I don't even know how they'll taste when they finally get here!
    And yours are nearly over. Hard to believe.

  7. Hi Wendy, havent been here for awhile. That icecream looks really delicious after some very hot and humid sweating while out there in this tropics. Hmmm, some ice cream please!

  8. Wendy, to join in your GTTC party, I have inserted a link to my post about Savoury Dumplings for the Dumplings Festival we celebrated in Malaysia. I didn't cook the dumplings but I have inserted a link for the recipe in my post. It uses bamboo leaves and strings made from the banana trunk but these items are also not from my garden. Do feel free to delete the link and this comment if it is inappropriate.

  9. Wendy, I have inserted my link here. Please delete this comment and my link if it does not relate to GTTC.


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