There must be a glut of strawberries happening in the warmer parts of Australia at the moment, because my Colesworth supermarket has ridiculously cheap punnets on the go. Flavourwise, they’re good, but the shelf-life is terrible – I’m getting a couple of days at the most before they turn nasty. There’s a reason why they’re marked down, after all.
If like me, you’ve been over-enthusiastic with your berry purchases of late, I have a solution. Dig the spare punnet out from the back of the crisper and whip up this easy strawberry topping recipe. The finished product is multi-purpose – it tastes great on yoghurt, over ice-cream, in smoothies or on pancakes. If you’re feeling fancy, leave some vanilla icecream out to soften, then mix through the topping and refreeze it – delicious strawberry swirl ice-cream.
To use a particularly annoying internet cuteism – ”You’re welcome”.
Home-made strawberry topping
Per 250g punnet strawberries
1 tsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet or tart the berries are)
Hull the berries, remove any really squishy bits. Wash them well and chop roughly (I like a variety of sized – pieces to give me a good final texture). Pop everything in a saucepan and cover. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 6-8 minutes until everything is mushy.
Serve as is, or blend if you’d like a smoother sauce. Tasty hot or cold.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.