I have never seen strawberry plants before I came to Scotland. And I hardly buy strawberries when I was back home because they were so expensive. When I came to Scotland, I was thrilled to see all sorts of brightly coloured fruits. It took me a while to learn all the various types of berries…..blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries. They actually sounded alien and confusing to me at that time…haha
One fine day, a friend invited us to go strawberry picking….yay! Imagine my shock when I found that they grow on the ground. I thought they grow on vines like grapes…..haha. Well, can’t blame me. We only learned about grapes and grape vines and apples and apple trees. Likewise, if you are in the Western world, you’ll probably have no clue what langsat, star fruits, mangosteens and chiku trees, to name a few, look like.
I love strawberries firstly for it’s beautiful bright red, sexy colour and next for its fabulous smell and taste. And when you cut it into half, it looks like ‘hearts’……beautiful! Strawberries truly represent love. Summer is here. If you need to show love to someone, why not buy some strawberries to bring along. Or best, a strawberry dessert. That’s what I want to show you here.
I mentioned in my previous post that I received some Scotty Brand strawberries when I came back from the hospital. I was so overjoyed. While I was still in much pain and discomfort and couldn’t move around much, I was able to play around with the beautiful fresh strawberries and fix some quick, nice strawberry desserts for my family. Making all these strawberry desserts make me feel loved and also a way to love my family. Here they are:
I love this strawberries with white chocolate cream. The cream was made before my leg injury. It was so timely to go with the strawberries…..mmmm….so refreshing and delicious. It’s very easy to make the white chocolate cream. Just melt equal amount of white chocolate and double cream in a pot under low fire. Just keep stirring until the chocolate is all melted. You can use it immediately which would be runny or you can keep it in the fridge when cool. It will harden like in the picture here but still delicious to go with the strawberries. You can even eat it as it is, like ice cream……*wink*.
I love lemon too. The smell is so refreshing. A friend had been telling me how lovely lemon curd is. I haven’t had time to try making it myself so I bought a bottle. I swirled some through 0% Total Greek yoghurt and then top it with strawberries. Mmmm…that was SO good.
This is another nice dessert. It’s really easy to make and look very impressive. First of all, make the custard. For the recipe, check it out at my Apple Crumble With Custard. Cool the custard. Scoop into a transparent dessert glass. Mix some low fat cheese with some icing sugar (according to your taste) and scoop it on top of the custard. If you like it softer, add some milk to it. Then arrange some chopped strawberries and blueberries on top with a sprig of mint leaves to decorate.
Pancakes with Nutella and strawberries for breakfast is also my latest favourite. It’s really delicious….every bite of it. I also liked it with bananas as mentioned in My Favourite Healthy Food. It’s healthy and filling.
Making spelt flour pancakes is very easy. I love my version which is a healthy version. Here’s my simple recipe.
Ingredients for spelt flour pancakes
2 cups goat milk
1C white spelt flour
1C wholegrain spelt flour
2T olive oil
Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk. Scoop into a frying pan and cook under medium fire. When lightly browned beneath, flip over and fry a little while. When cool, spread with nutella and arrange the sliced strawberries on top. Enjoy.
Note: You will notice that there is no sugar in the pancake batter. This is because the Nutella is sweet so I always omit the sugar when I made these pancakes. You can make a savoury filling too with these pancakes. I used a mix of white and wholegrain spelt flour. You can use all white or all wholegrain.
Even while hoping around on crutches, I managed to make strawberry cupcakes for my family. Of course with some help from my daughter. My daughter helped me to put all the ingredients that I need on the kitchen top. Then with my injured leg resting on a chair on my knee while standing with my other leg, I was able to stand for quite a while to make these cupcakes. So, you know that this recipe has to be quick and easy to make. The cupcakes came out very delicious though I was quite disappointed that the beautiful red colour of the strawberries disappeared after cooking….sigh. This reminds me of the beetroot cake that I made a while ago where the bright red colour also disappeared after baking. If you are interested to make the beetroot cake, you can click on:
White Chocolate Beetroot Cake
Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (dairy free)
This is the first time I bake with strawberries. I hardly make cupcakes but I thought it’s good as I don’t need to cut the cake. Everyone can just grab 1 or 2 to enjoy. You can make it whole as a cake if you like. Here’s my recipe. I made 24 cupcakes.
1C light muscovado sugar
1C olive oil
1t vanilla essence
Put all Ingredients A in a mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk until combined.
2C white spelt flour
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
Add Ingredients B to the egg mixture above. Mix well.
Wash the strawberries and remove the green stalk and leaves. Chop them up into big chunks.
Add the chopped strawberries to the batter. Mix well.
Line cupcake tins with cupcake cases and scoop the batter into the cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
While the cupcakes were baking, the smell from the oven was just beautiful. I couldn’t help tucking into one while it was still hot. I was disappointed that the colour of the strawberries disappeared but I was really happy that it was very moist and delicious. You can of course eat it with custard or ice cream or even some strawberry coullis.
Note: You may wonder why my cake batter is brown in colour. That’s because I used the light muscovado sugar. I asked my daughter to buy unrefined sugar but she couldn’t find it. And so this sugar…..sigh. But well, at least she came back with sugar!…haha
Hope you have much fun with summer fruits. And if you are in Scotland, do give the Scotty Brand products a try. Not only are you supporting local farmers but you are guaranteed of freshness of the produce. So far, I am very pleased with the potatoes, carrots and now the strawberries.
Have fun cooking and baking. Till then see you in my next post.
Other No Dairy cakes that you may be interested in:
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate banana Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake
Healthy, Moist, Simple and East carrot Cake
Quote of the day…..
“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”
- Zig Ziglar