Strawberry Coulis..

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‘Those strawberries are almost over-ripe’ pronounced Mr Saturday Night.

‘Right’ says I, ‘no bother’.

And just like that, there was a jar of Strawberry Coulis sitting in the fridge, waiting for whatever Summery treat came along.. It will only last a day or two at best, but I’m putting it over some ice cream this evening.. yum! :)

EQUIPMENT:

  • Food processor
  • sieve
  • sterilized jam jar, or similar

INGREDIENTS:

  • Whatever fresh fruit you have – I had a carton of strawberries this morning. You can of course use Raspberries, Mango, virtually any fruit…
  • 1 teaspoon of icing sugar
  • Juice of half a small lemon

METHOD:

  • Hull and cut the strawberries in half – cut out any obviously damaged/gone off fruit.
  • Place the fruit into the processor bowl
  • Add the sugar and lemon juice

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  • Blitz until it’s completely liquid.

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  • Place the sieve over a bowl, and pour the liquid in.
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, work the fruit through the sieve until you have just the seeds left.
  • Taste and add more sugar if needed.
  • Pour into your container

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  • Chill until required. Keep for a day or two only, in a cold fridge.

NOTES:

  • The lemon juice helps to keep the bright fresh colour of the coulis.
  • Add some to summery cocktails for a boost of flavour, and added colour. Put a dollop of Peach Coulis into a Champagne flute and top off with prosecco to make your own Bellini!
  • There are so many things you can use this for – as an extra layer of flavour in a summer trifle or pavlova,  and I’ll be adding a drizzle as a garnish to my baked peaches dish http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/summery-peaches-gratin-with-mascarpone/ – the choices are endless.
  • One or two tablespoons of Strawberry Coulis, with some Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper added makes a really refreshing salad dressing.

strawberries with balsamic

About

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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