Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Simple Strawberry Vodka

This slightly sweet simple strawberry vodka is best served well chilled in shot glasses or as a cocktail ingredient. It makes a fabulous sparkling libation with Champagne or soda. 

Food Lust People Love: This slightly sweet simple strawberry vodka is best served well chilled in shot glasses or as a cocktail ingredient. It makes a fabulous sparkling libation with Champagne or soda.

One of the easiest ways to preserve the fresh taste of strawberries is to “pickle” them in alcohol. The strawberries transfer their sweet flavor and gorgeous color to your alcohol of choice in just a couple of weeks. 

Speaking of preserving fruit, jam is one of my favorite things to make with whatever fruit is in season. And I always wash and freeze strawberries and blueberries in a single layer then pop them into a Ziploc bag to extend their seasons. But I wanted to challenge myself to do something different this time. 

I had no idea how easy it would be to make strawberry vodka!

As it turns out, it’s really not much of a challenge at all. You can make straight strawberry vodka by cutting up the strawberries and tipping them into vodka but I chose to add some sugar too so I wouldn’t have to add simple syrup for cocktails. It was a good decision.

Simple Strawberry Vodka

This fruity vodka can also be made with other berries like blackcurrants or cranberries, or any soft fruit really, come to think of it.

Ingredients
9 oz or 255g fresh strawberries
2 1/2 cups or 590ml vodka
1/2 cup or 100g sugar

Method
Hull and chop the strawberries into four or five pieces.


Put them in a sterilized jar with the sugar. Add the vodka and strawberries and shake gently till the sugar has dissolved.


Leave for at least two weeks in a cool, dark cupboard. Give the jar a gentle shake at least once a day.


Strain through several layers of cheesecloth or a single ply of paper towel and decant into a decorative bottle. Discard the poor pale strawberries which have given their all that we might have fruity vodka. 

Seal and label.


Isn’t it a beautiful color?

Food Lust People Love: This slightly sweet simple strawberry vodka is best served well chilled in shot glasses or as a cocktail ingredient. It makes a fabulous sparkling libation with Champagne or soda.

Enjoy!

It’s time for another Foodie Extravaganza party and we are celebrating National Strawberry Month with all sorts of great recipes. Check them out! Many thanks to our host Kelley of Simply Inspired Meals for the theme and to Sneha of Sneha's Recipe for her behind-the-scenes work. 



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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Boozy Nectarine Crumble

Nectarines lavishly drenched in golden rum are topped with a mix of flour, sugar and butter to make this boozy nectarine crumble. 

Food Lust People Love: Nectarines lavishly drenched in golden rum are topped with a mix of flour, sugar and butter to make this boozy nectarine crumble.

When I want to recall fond memories of when we were still able to travel and visit with friends, I bake what I call Caroline’s boozy nectarine crumble, so named for the friend who showed me how to make it. 

Her recipe was simple, made with sweet ripe summer nectarines, bought at an outdoor market in southern France. They needed no sugar, except for what’s in the crumble topping. They do need, Caroline exclaimed, a lavish drenching with golden rum, as she poured it on without measuring. 

You can read more about that holiday in France on my Cheese Shallot Pie post. We ate so well and I swoon to remember it! 

Boozy Nectarine Crumble

Caroline made her crumble topping with equal parts flour and sugar and 2/3 that measure of unsalted butter. In other words, 6 oz flour, 6 oz sugar and 4 oz butter, all by weight. Or, she continued the instructions, use the same proportions for however much crumble you need. For my smaller baking dish (11 x 8 in or 28 x 20cm oval), I kept the same proportions but in a smaller amount. Caroline was, after all, feeding crowd of us.

Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs or 700g nectarines, chopped. 
1/2 cup or 120ml rum
9/10 cup or 113g flour (This is a weird measurement if you don’t have scales. Just eyeball it. A little more or a little less flour isn’t going to matter.)
Scant 2/3 cup or 113g sugar
1/3 cup or 75g butter

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Cut the flour, butter, sugar together to form a damp sandy crumble. Set aside. 


Pit the nectarines and cut them in small chunks and place in a large bowl. Caroline said, and I quote, “Drench them lavishly with rum!” so pour on at least 1/2 a cup or 120ml.


Pile the boozy nectarines in your baking dish and top with the crumble. 


Bake the crumble in your preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until topping is crunchy and golden and the nectarines are soft and bubbling. 

Food Lust People Love: Nectarines lavishly drenched in golden rum are topped with a mix of flour, sugar and butter to make this boozy nectarine crumble.

Spoon on plates to serve, topping with thick cream, if desired. 

Food Lust People Love: Nectarines lavishly drenched in golden rum are topped with a mix of flour, sugar and butter to make this boozy nectarine crumble.

Enjoy! 

Welcome to Sunday FunDay! Today we are sharing fruity desserts so check them out below. Many thanks to our host, Sneha of Sneha's Recipe.


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