Over the weekend, Michael and I went to the Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill. It was great to see so many people out and about on such a beautiful day. There were some vendors selling jewelry, clothing, and baked goods. There were also bouncy castles, face painters, a REALLY scary clown, and a petting zoo.
But I was most interested in strawberries.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that it actually isn’t all that easy find strawberries at a Strawberry Festival.
We wandered around looking for a booth that was selling them, and when we finally found one…they were out of strawberries!
Luckily, there was a booth selling strawberries by the exit, so I managed to snag some for me and some for my mother just as we were leaving. And on Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law brought me even more strawberries.
Needless to say, I’ve been putting strawberries in everything for days. I feel like Strawberry Shortcake!
After adding strawberries to all of my smoothies, my cereal, my fruit bowls, and my salads, I decided to make a light Strawberry Cream dessert just for Michael.
(Lightly adapted from here)
3 tablespoons cold water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
4 cups hulled strawberries
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (or plain yogurt)
1 cup strawberries, diced
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
Drizzle with honey (optional)
- To prepare cream: Stir together water and gelatin in a small heatproof cup or bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the gelatin has completely dissolved but the liquid is not boiling, 20 to 30 seconds. (Alternatively, bring 1/2 inch water to a gentle simmer in a small skillet. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture in the simmering water until the gelatin has dissolved completely.) Stir the mixture until smooth.
- Place strawberries, honey and vanilla in a food processor and puree. Add sour cream; pulse to combine. With the motor running, slowly add the dissolved gelatin. Pour the cream into four 8-ounce bowls or wineglasses. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
- Top with strawberries, cacao nibs, and honey, if using. Serves 4.
This was a very easy light dessert to put together, especially if you’re also hoarding all of the strawberries in town right inside your refrigerator.
The one glass of wine that I had at Liu Liu’s last night with Brittney and Sara must have been one too many because I actually broke the first martini glass that I tried to fill with the Strawberry Cream.
Oh well, at least I had fun! It is always wonderful see Brittney, and it was great to meet Sara for the first time.
Plus, I had an adorable fortune in my fortune cookie.
Have a great day, everyone!