Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Roasted Strawberry Smoothie

Its the time of the year when most of us wants to start the year the right way, the healthy way. After all the gorging in the holiday season, its time to take it slow. Don't you think? What I have got today is exactly what you are gonna love. The healthy smoothie is just the right way to kick start a new day and a new year for that matter. Strawberries, yes, they are in season here in Mumbai. The fruit vendors are loaded with loads of local strawberry produce and I want to make the most of it this time of the year. 

To start with the strawberry season, I want to start from the most simple recipe and then will go on to make different varieties; may be a strawberry cheesecake, strawberry shortcake and strawberry pie. What recipe do you want me to try this season???

For this smoothies I roasted the strawberries as roasting brings out the real flavour and colour of strawberries. It is an extra step which can certainly be omitted but I would prefer you too to stick to it as the taste of roasted strawberries is much better than the normal one's. Not much work here, just cut the strawberries, put it in a baking dish, add 1/4 cup of corn syrup and let it bake for about an hour at 150 C. Look at the intensified colour of roasted strawberries here. Love it, huh?

Another good thing about smoothies is you need not stick to the prescribed ingredients as you otherwise would in baking. You can mix and match anything as per your taste, availability or choice and the end result would always be great. 

And you can serve this soup with morning breakfast on the upcoming Valentine's Day!

Lets get to the recipe...

Roasted Strawberry Smoothie

Here's what you would need to make Roasted Strawberry Smoothie:

1 box (454 grams) fresh strawberries
1/4 cup/ 60 ml light corn syrup
1/4 cup/ 50 grams granulated white sugar (you can adjust the sugar to taste)
1/4 - 1/2 cup plain yogurt, sour cream, or creme fraiche, or to taste
1/2 - 1 cup (120 - 240 ml) milk or cream, or to taste
1 - 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice, or to taste (optional)
Some whipped cream on top for garnishing (optional)

Here's how you can make it:

Preheat your oven to 300 F/ 150 C.

  • Wash and cut the strawberries in half (or quarters if using large strawberries) and toss with the corn syrup. 
  • Place on a baking dish and bake in preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until the color of the strawberries intensifies and the syrup is thick, about 45 - 60 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven, let it cool to room temperature.
  • In the food processor, process strawberries until pureed. Add the sugar, yogurt, milk, and lime or lemon juice and process until combined. Adjust the ingredients to taste.
  • If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate.
  • Serve the smoothie in a glass and garnish with some whipped cream.
Hope you would also enjoy making this recipe as much as I did.

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Happy Baking!

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