The past two weeks, we’ve been fortunate enough to make it to the farmer’s market before the local strawberries have sold out. They are only available where we live for a very short window and we try to buy as many as we can each time we see them. And while we love to eat them fresh and straight out of the container, we also love to turn them into a super creamy and naturally sweet Strawberry Gelato.
My family loves ice cream and it’s definitely our summer treat of choice. We love to go to our local soft serve stand, but for special occasions, I like to make a batch at home. This gelato seemed like a great dessert to end my birthday pizza party with friends.
Since the last batch of berries we had from the farmer’s market were incredibly sweet on their own, this dessert didn’t need the full amount of sugar called for in the original recipe. And to make it a little more kid-friendly—and because I prefer the flavor—I swapped in 1/2 cup honey. I also halved the recipe since my ice cream maker only fits 1 quart, but that adjustment still made plenty to feed our small dinner party of four adults and two kids. I also added in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as the mixture was churning to perk up the flavor a bit. I strongly suggest you do that step since it makes the final product taste that much more refreshing.
You will have to make a simple custard to make this recipe, but if you take it slowly and embrace the sort of Zen-like nature of constant stirring, it’s actually enjoyable. (Do not multitask when doing that step—you really, really don’t want the mixture to stick to the bottom of your pan or burn. And as long as you don’t leave the stove area, it won’t!)
I made the mixture the day before I planned to serve it and let it chill fully in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I let my ice cream maker do its thing and the gelato rested in the fridge until dessert time. It was a huge hit with both my family and our friends. This gelato has an intense strawberry flavor, a hint of citrus from the lemon, and plenty of creamy texture to make it totally satisfying. I dare say that might just be a perfect summer dessert for the family.
Find the original recipe for Strawberry Gelato here.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means summer will be in full swing before you know it!
Like many of you, I will be cranking up the grill for the first time this year getting my barbecue on. I’ve got all of my recipes ready and prepped to go, which include these Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies.
I am such a big fan of smoothies (in fact I consider myself a bit of a smoothie guru). There isn’t a drink more refreshing, healthy and delicious in my opinion. I drink one smoothie per day. It is usually my breakfast of choice because of its fast ease and convenience. When the weather begins to change, so do my selections of smoothies. I adore making them with whatever is in season, which is why I opted for this strawberry flavor.
Looking on BHG’s website, I ran into these fun Raspberry-Citrus Swirly Smoothies that looked so awesome! The swirl of different flavors was such a genius idea. I decided to change the flavors to strawberry, pineapple and coconut.
One of my favorite tropical drinks is the Lava Flow, which is a mix of pina colada and strawberry flavors. This smoothie definitely brings all of those exciting flavors together seamlessly. To create this recipe for yourself, simply make the following small changes to the recipe:
- Replace the raspberries with strawberries.
- Add 1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple to the smoothie base (go up to 1 cup if you really love pineapple).
- Replace some of the vanilla yogurt with a coconut flavor.
- Add a bit more liquid like cold water or even coconut milk if it is harder to blend due to the addition of pineapple.
The end result is a smoothie recipe that makes you think you are on a tropical island lounging by the beach. The flavor is intense without being overwhelming, and these drinks are the perfect beverages to serve on a hot day by the grill. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day filled with some fun in the sun. One thing’s for sure: I will certainly make a couple of these to have on deck all holiday weekend.
I don’t think I have ever gone a Spring without strawberry shortcake.
If I have, I certainly can’t remember it. It makes sense that I would bury the sad memory of going without it. There is something about strawberry shortcake that screams Springtime! It announces Spring’s arrival in the loveliest of ways, and puts a smile on the faces of the many that enjoy it during the season.
Last year, I made this Shortcake Twist but I needed something new this year. Finding BHG’s recipe for Strawberry Shortcakes was a sign. I found it on the first day of Spring. The recipe called out for me to make it so I happily obliged. This recipe is really an amazing feat on its own but I decided to add a small twist to the traditional shortcake biscuit. I added bits of strawberry chunks throughout the dough, which resulted in a fantastic surprise of berry bursts throughout.
I simply made the following changes to the original recipe:
- I replaced the sour cream with Greek yogurt, and the result was wonderful.
- I added 3/4 cup of thinly chopped strawberries tossed in 1/2 teaspoon of flour to the biscuit batter.
That’s it! I absolutely adored the addition of the berries to the biscuits. I could eat one on its own as a snack but it was even better when topped with whipped cream and beautiful berries. This shortcake is the dessert that keeps on giving. You might be on strawberry overload in the end, but that’s a good thing (trust me). I can’t think of a better dessert to properly celebrate the arrival of Spring.
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One thing my mom used to do is make muffins on the weekend and then we’d have yummy treats for breakfast all week! I’m sharing some of my favorite muffin recipes for you to munch on all week!
What’s your favorite way to eat a muffin? Are you a nibbler or a picker?
Let me know!
Hi, I’m Julie of The Little Kitchen and I am thrilled to be joining as a regular contributor to the BHG Delish Dish blog! I have been blogging for over 4 years now and have always been a huge fan of BHG.
Since it’s summer and mostly likely very hot where you’re at, I really wanted to make popsicles! After chatting with the BHG team, I knew I wanted to make a boozy popsicle…so I changed up one of their recipes for Strawberry Sangria and made them into popsicles.
I love strawberries! Wonderfully sweet and so colorful, I love anything with strawberries.
The strawberry syrup in this recipe tastes amazing, I even used it as a base for another recipe I’m working on.
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I’m a bit early for strawberry season, but we are only weeks away. With that, I flipped this raspberry meringue recipe to a strawberry meringue.
Of course if neither are in season for your area anytime soon, find one that is. For this recipe, you can short cut making homemade jam for store-bought, so you aren’t limited.
A few notes:
- To get started. Click here for the recipe.
- To make this your own: (1) Flip this to any flavor you prefer by simply switching out the jam, or (2) try using Nutella, peanut butter, melted chocolate—want to take this over the top (3) infuse your jam with a little booze.
- You can also place your meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a tip and shape them that way. For what you see here, I just dropped a spoonful on to a parchment-lined bakesheet.
- If you want strong swirls like you see in the picture, avoid the pastry bag, as the jam tends to blend and ends up dyeing the meringue.