Sunday, 17 February 2013

Strawberry Sauce

Have you ever compared any dish that you make at home with the same dish you get in a restaurant? Do you feel that your dish even though tastes better than the restaurant's doesn't look that tasty? Have you ever analysed the reason why? Yeah, you guessed it right! Its all about the presentation.

Restaurant chefs use a lot of sauces, purees to make their dish look more presentable or should I say more appealing that you can't resist yourself from eating it. How about taking that extra step to make homemade dishes look more presentable, taste much better and present your dishes to your family with an edge. The good news - its very simple to do!

With strawberries still in the season, lets make some strawberry sauce and preserve it for summer when we won't get this juicy fruit.

Here's what you would need to make Strawberry Sauce:- 
  • One 500 gms pack of fresh or frozen strawberries (I used fresh strawberries)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup (50 - 65 gms) of sugar, or to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
Makes - 1-1/4 cup 
Preparation time - 10 minutes

Here's how you can make Strawberry Sauce:-
  • Place the unsweetened frozen strawberries in a large bowl and thaw. This may take a few hours. Once thawed, put the strawberries and their juice in the blender. If using fresh strawberries like me, wash and cut the strawberries in pieces and place it in the blender. Process the strawberries until they are pureed. 
  • Pour the puree in a jar. First add 1/4 cup of sugar and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Taste and add more sugar, if required. 
  • Add a little (about 1 tbsp) of lemon juice to taste.
  • Your sauce is ready.
You can store the sauce in refrigerator for about 1 week or this can be frozen. You can pour the sauce in an ice tray and make the ice cubes of the strawberry sauce for freezing.

This sauce works best as a filling for your cakes, cheesecakes and roulades. Or else, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream for a great flavour or fold it in some whipped cream for a fruit fool or as part of an Eton Mess. 

Hope you also would add a tad bit of sauce to your life and make it look more delightful!



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