Strawberry is a beautiful fruit!!! But I never thought of using it in any other way than enjoying it raw. And no one else in the house shares strawberry with me, strange… but true!!! And I am not even complaining ….!
This winter season I decided to go one step further with strawberries and prepared strawberry sauce. I am planning to freeze it to relish during summer with ice-cream. My husband Manish and daughter Apoorva, both don’t even try to taste this fruit. So after preparing sauce I forced both of them to taste it and to my utmost surprise they both liked it a lot!!
That was an achievement!!!!!
I guess the reason why they both liked the sause was because it was not completely sweet in taste and lemon juice was also not added because strawberries were little tangy in taste. I didn’t add too much sugar to cover up the whole tart taste. It was a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavor.
In my opinion if you are preparing strawberry sauce, decide the amount of sugar depending on the taste of strawberries. If fruit is sweet, reduce the amount of sugar and add little quantity of lemon juice in the end of preparation.
In case if you are more interested to prepare strawberry compote, follow the same process. The only difference would be that for compote we don’t cook strawberries for a longer time. Compote is ready within 10 minutes of cooking and sauce is cooked on sim heat for 25-30 minutes because we need to thicken it. Later while in the fridge it thickens more.
Strawberries 1/2 kg
Granulated sugar 1/3 cup
Lemon juice 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Wash strawberries nicely in running water and keep them on a sieve to drain our all water.
Cut out green leaves from them and slice each strawberry in 4 pieces.
In a thick bottomed saucepan combine strawberries and sugar and start cooking on medium to sim heat.
Keep stirring it until strawberries start leaving their juice and sugar melts completely.
Now keep the heat on sim and let it cook for 25 – 30 minutes. Occasionally keep stirring them.
Sauce will thicken up and it will be in deep dark red colour in half an hour.
Switch off heat and taste it. If it tastes very sweet add 1/2 tbsp lemon juice to add slight tangy flavor and let it cool down completely. If you want to use this sauce in between the layers of cake or cheesecake in slightly more refined way, you can puree it.
Store in a neat bottle in the fridge for 10-12 days but I really doubt it will last that long. Your kids will be finding an excuse to stay near the refrigerator to lick it again and again!!!
Are you planning to prepare this delicious kid’s favorite fruit sauce? I think you should.. . because once your first bottle is over, you can again prepare fresh one. After all nothing is better than fresh home made sauce!!!
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