Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Strawberries & Cream

There was a time when I wanted so badly to be a tennis player. I wanted to go out there and be a champion. But uh, uh they were just dreams. I realized verrry late that you need to work on them to make them true. These days I have started playing badminton though and am enjoying that too. Coming back to tennis, the month of June was the time for Wimbledon Tennis Championship and also ....... Strawberries and Cream. There was atleast one mention everyday on the strawberries and cream consumed in the papers and obviously I was filled with  jealousy. Even though it was simple -hulled strawberries with sweetened whipped cream - I  wanted it soooo badly. And when I tasted strawberries for the first time, I tried it with whipped cream and was like, --God, it was for this simple thing that I was salivating. !!? Its delicious I am not saying no, but can be made more delicious with little touches here and there. Or rather we can go for a new age Strawberries and cream and that's exactly what I did after reading and adapting the recipe in the Oregon website.


Ingredients:
Strawberries: atleast 1 cup
Sugar: as per taste

Cheesy whipped Cream
Lowfat Cream : 1 cup
Cottage Cheese/ Paneer: atleast 1/2 cup
Vanilla: 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar: 4 tbsp + 

Shortbread Cookies Crumbled: as needed.

Preparation:
Wash,hull and slice the strawberries. Mix them with sugar and keep aside for atleast 1 hour. You can even use powdered sugar if you like.

Meanwhile whip the cream with sugar and vanilla for about 2 minutes. Fold in the cottage cheese /paneer and whip everything for another minute or so. 

You can go for regular whipping cream and can even avoid the cottage cheese. But I have used the lowfat Amul cream and have added homemade paneer to it to add richness . 

Now the last thing is assembling everything. I decided to make a parfait with this.

Take the parfait glass. Add crumbled shortbread as a base layer. Next go for a strawberry layer. top it with the cream layer and continue this way till the top of the glass is reached or strawberries are used up. Make sure to garnish the top with cookie crumbles or more strawberries and drizzle of the strawberry juices collected.

 Serve chilled and garnished with more accessories.



A simple delight which is very flexible and can be twisted as per our taste and availability of items.There is no hard and fast rule that you should follow this recipe to the the 'T' . Just go by instincts. What matters is the end result and the happiness it gives you.



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