ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Strawberries - Beyond Shortcake

Updated on July 31, 2010

The strawberry's popularity has certainly stood the test of time. It was somewhere around 1600 that William Butler said, "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

William Butler didn't mention that strawberries are high in potassium and vitamin C, as well as low in calories, but I'm sure that was an oversight. What appealed to him is what has appealed to strawberry eaters since ancient times - the bright, fresh, sweet flavor that has made strawberries one of the most popular foods on earth.

They are also, alas, one of the most perishable. Look for berries that are red from stem to stern (pass over the ones that are green near the hull), and that smell like you want them to taste. You're unlikely to find good strawberries out of season, so get your fill now (strawberry season in most areas is mid-spring to mid-summer).

Ripe strawberries won't keep long. Keep them, with their hulls intact, loosely covered in the refrigerator, and try to use them within 24 hours. If they're big and hardy, they'll withstand washing, but if you're lucky enough to get the small, fragile kind, try to avoid running water over them.

Strawberries are traditional ingredients in custards, jellies and jams, frozen drinks, mousses, soufflés, gelatins, and sorbets, but there's no need to get complicated:

  • Layer sliced strawberries with ice cream in a parfait glass, and top with strawberry or chocolate sauce.
  • Make a simple sauce by pureeing a pint of strawberries with 3 tablespoons of sugar and a sprig of mint leaves (add water if it's too thick).
  • Dust off your fondue pot for chocolate fondue with strawberries for dipping.
  • Add chopped strawberries to batter for pancakes or waffles.
  • Soak 3 cups of sliced strawberries overnight with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2-4 tablespoons of something to give it oomph - try Kirsch, brandy, Cointreau, créme de menthe, red wine, Rose's lime juice, or balsamic vinegar. Serve with a little whipped cream or crème fraîche.
  • As a shortcake alternative, serve strawberries and cream over gingerbread.
  • Freeze a cup of strawberries, and make a smoothie with some vanilla yogurt, milk, and maple syrup.

Or, if you get the chance, eat them warm, right off the vine.

Strawberry Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Prepare both the panna cotta and the compote a day ahead. Panna cotta needs at least eight hours to set up and the compote will need to cool to at least room temperature before serving.

For the panna cotta :

3 cups strawberries, sliced
1-3/4 cups buttermilk, well shaken
6 Tbsp sugar
2-1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk

For the strawberry compote:
2-1/2 cups whole strawberries, stems removed
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp fine granulated sugar

Panna cotta:

1. In a blender puree strawberries, buttermilk and sugar until very smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl, using a wooden spoon to extract all the liquid. Discard the leftover solids.

2. In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over the whole milk and allow to soften for 1-2 minutes.

3. In a small saucepan bring the cream to a boil, remove from heat and add the milk and gelatin mixture, stirring until completely dissolved.

4. Whisk the strawberry puree into the cream mixture and pour into ramekins. Cover the molds and chill for at least 8 hours or until firm. To unmold the desserts, dip each mold in hot water for a couple of seconds, then invert onto a dessert plate. Remove the mold and let the panna cotta stand for about 10-15 minutes so it softens slightly.

Strawberry compote:

1. Halve the berries lengthwise.

2. In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat whisk together the orange juice and sugar until dissolved. Add the strawberries and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until the liquid thickens, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to serve. If you prefer you can put the compote in the microwave for 30-40 seconds just before spooning over the panna cotta to take the chill off.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)