Monday, June 29, 2009

Strawberry tasties!

Remember that post a while ago about me picking 38 pounds of strawberries? Well Here are some of the things I made:
Strawberry shortcake,
Strawberry smoothies,
Strawberry jam,
Chocolate covered strawberries,
Plain strawberries,
And strawberry pops!

(not my photo, Google images...)
Strawberry shortcake:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
few grains of nutmeg
7 tablespoons cold vegan margarine
1/2 cup soymilk
4 cups fresh strawberries,
3/4 cup vegan sugar
vegan whipped cream
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Sift. Work in margarine with pastry blender or fingertips; add soymilk. Mix just until dough is moist. Turn dough into a "buttered" and floured 8 or 9-inch round cake pan and pat into shape. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in a 400° oven, or until golden brown. Test with a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out with dough clinging to it, lower the heat to 350° and bake about 5 more minutes. Remove from the pan and split horizontally with a serrated knife. Put layers together with strawberries and their juice between the layers and on top. Garnish with several whole berries and serve with whipped cream.

Whipped "cream" options:
You could either make some sort or tofu whipped cream (I've had bad experiences with those though... Be careful) You could buy some vegan whipped cream in a health food store, go without, or you could take a can of coconut milk (the light stuff WILL NOT work) Try to make sure the can is not touched or moved, or wiggled for a day prior. Then open it from the bottom (DO NOT shake it first, be careful and caring with it, move it as little as possible) Pour out as much of the liquid that comes out into a sealable container, use this to make curry, or as a milk substitute for something. There should be some thick stuff in the bottom of the can that didn't pour out, take that, and put it in your bowl, mix in some sugar and or vanilla if you'd like, try not to mix it to much, and don't try to whip it. It's kind of dense, but it works well enough.

Strawberry smoothies:
Put some strawberries in a blender and blend it up. If it isn't working, add a little water or juice. If needed, add some sweetener.

That however, is my photo. I should get better at taking pretty pictures of my foods.

Strawberry pops:
It's exactly the same as making the smoothie, then just pour it into a popsicle mold and freeze.

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