Due to the overwhelming response following my first post (somebody commented!), I’ve decided to follow it up with even more farm to face strawberry goodness. As you know, Mr. Panda and I went strawberry picking and returned with a cargo of kilos of those bright red fellas. We kind of went overboard and had to throw out most of our haul. But for those of you who want to make sure you take advantage of your strawberry harvest, here are 5 great ideas on how to use those berries:
1. Strawberries and cereal - This is such a great idea, and simple too! And guess who thought it up? That’s right, your very own Miss Panda! OK, I did get some inspiration from a Special K Red Berries ad I saw in Shape Magazine. First fill up your bowl with some good crunchy cereal – I use Gorilla Munch (which is from Trader Joe’s so you know it’s good for you AND the planet!), then add some skim milk (for my older readers you might want to substitute Lactaid), and finally, slice up some of those strawberries and just place ‘em on top. No, you’re not breakfasting at the Ritz, it’s just another one of Panda & Pancakes’ patented simple recipes!
2. Strawberry-rhubarb pie – Apparently, this is one of those classic pies. I always figured it might be French for Aunt Barbara’s strawberry pie, but it actually contains a real thing called rhubarb. Rhubarb is a fruit which is a giant, sour-tasting celery. I have no idea where they grow these guys, probably on the island from Lost, because I’ve never seen anyone sell them. But maybe you know where to find them, in which case you might want to try this recipe I adapted from the Pioneer Woman. Just replace the apples with strawberries and rhubarbs, and enjoy!
1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust
3 whole Large Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
7 Tablespoons Butter
3/4 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Pecans (more To Taste)
Dash Of Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out pie dough and place it in a pie pan. Decorate the edges as desired.
Add apple slices to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over apples. Pour apples into pie shell.
In the bowl of a food processor (or you can mix by hand) combine butter, flour, sugar, pecans (chop if you’re not using a food processor), and salt. Mix until everything comes together in clumps. Pour topping over apples.
Attach foil to the edges and lay a piece of flat foil loosely over the top of the pie. Place pie pan on top of a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for one hour. At the end, remove foil and allow to finish baking and browning. Can bake for up to 15 or 20 minutes more if necessary.
Remove from oven when pie is bubbly and golden brown.
3. Chocolate covered strawberries – Is your keyboard wet? That’s because you’re drooling over these decadent treats. And best of all, it’s so simple: just cover some strawberries with chocolate chips, microwave for about a minute or so, and then you’ll have these amazing treats that the whole family can enjoy!
4. Strawberry sorbet – What is summer without sorbet? Spring, I guess. I found this recipe from the mighty Paula Deen, and it seems so easy, only a few ingredients. But keep reading…you need an ice cream maker to prepare this. And unless you’re marrying into the royal families of Baskins and/or Robbins, I’m guessing it would be pretty tough to get your hands on one of those. So take my advice: run to the nearest supermarket and pick up a pint from the frozen section. You won’t regret it! And tell the cashier Pandas & Pancakes sent you – who knows, maybe they’ll give you a discount!
5. Strawberries and champagne – After a full day out in the fields and in the kitchen, I bet you’ll be in the mood for some relaxation and romance. And what better way to celebrate than to enjoy this classic romantic pairing with your romantic partner.