Strawberries, yum!

5 Oct

Well I don’t know about you, but strawberries would have to be one of my favourite fruits!  Especially this time of the year when they are so cheap!!  Last Saturday I went to the markets with my sister and picked up a 4kg box of strawberries for $5!!  So cheap!

I follow a lot of thermomix blogs and kept seeing everyone rave on about how good the strawberry vanilla jam is in the recipe book ‘For Food’s Sake’.  I recently ordered this recipe book and with so many strawberries in my fridge I decided to give it a go.  Well no wonder everyone raves about it….  Apart from my house smelling amazing, the taste of this jam is to die for!  There is no jam setter in the recipe however it ends up being  a really thick jam which I just love.  I don’t think I’ll be making ordinary strawberry jam again.

For those of you who don’t have the book, here  is the recipe below:

400g strawberries

200g sugar (I use rapadura and don’t put quite as much in)

1 green apple sliced with skin on

1 vanilla bean, cut into pieces

Place all ingredients into TM bow and cook for 35 mins/varoma/speed 1 with simmering basket on top of lid in place of MC.

Check the consistency of the jam by placing a spoonful onto a cold plate.  If it wrinkles up when pushed, the jam is ready.  If not, cook 10 min/varoma/speed 1 at a time and check after each time period, up to 30 minutes more, until it has reached the consistency that you like.

Pour into a sterilised jar and allow to cool before serving.

I made some quick, easy and healthy banana pancakes to go with the jam:

2 Bananas

1 Egg

1 TB of nut butter (I make my own by blending 100g almonds, 100g cashews, 100g brazil nuts or you can buy store bought)

Mix all ingredients in TM bowl for 4-5 seconds until combined.

Cook in a fry pan until lightly browned on both sides (I used egg rings to help hold the shape) and try not to eat them all in one go!!

With all the extra strawberries in the fridge I decided to make some chocolate dipped strawberries using the almost raw chocolate recipe from Quirky Cooking which I just love!

The rest of the strawberries (well the ones I didn’t eat!!) have been bagged up and frozen for smoothies, ice-cream and sorbet.  Think I need a bigger freezer 🙂

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2 Responses to “Strawberries, yum!”

  1. River Springs \(A Walker\) October 6, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Hi Emma,

    Can you please change my email address to walker_allison@hotmail.com as I’ve sold this business and will soon be leaving, but don’t want to miss your cool blogs! 🙂

    Cheers,

    Lil

    _____

    • Emma October 6, 2012 at 12:32 am #

      Hi Lil
      I can’t do it sorry, you will just need to go to the blog and sign up with your hotmail. I heard you guys were moving back, how exciting!!
      Em

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