Monday, April 18, 2011

Summer Strawberry Sundae

Here comes the summer and it’s your opportunity to indulge yourself with some desserts once again.

What do you have in mind?

Ice cream?

Yes, the number in the list!

The colorful the ice cream is, the more enticing it is. The top classic bestseller flavors are mango, chocolate, vanilla, mocha, and of course, let’s not forget, strawberry.

All right, close your eyes and think about these colors. Red. Pink. White.

These are the colors that complete my favorite ice cream, and I shall name it Summer Strawberry Sundae

Tongue twister? It can be!

Strawberries are one of the western’s favorite fruits. Many states in the US do hold strawberry festivals to celebrate the copious harvest when they have ripened already. People in the village put the strawberries in a huge basket and have it processed for hundreds of recipes.

Strawberries become sweet and tasty during summer. This is the perfect time to make a strawberry ice cream. Strawberry sundae sometimes includes chopped nuts, whipped cream, chocolate or strawberry sauce on top, and of course the ‘queen’ of sundae, maraschino cherry.  

The Origin of Sundae

The term sundae was derived basically from the word Sunday. According to one source, it was also derived from the German name Sonntag which means Sunday. On the other hand, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word sundae is obscure.

One source says that the name sundae was adopted as a result of Illinois state’s prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays. In fact, various localities in the US have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. These include Ithaca, New York, Wisconsin, New Orleans, Louisiana, Cleveland, and Ohio.

How to prepare a Strawberry Sundae

Strawberry sundae are well-loved by some dessert enthusiasts especially kids. It is low in saturated fats and fiber, yet very high in calories. Sugar is the main component.

Strawberry Sundae

This recipe serves:  2


1 1/2 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
4 scoops vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt
2 teaspoons walnuts, chopped
2 teaspoons semisweet chocolate shavings or sprinkles

Cooking Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the sliced strawberries with sugar.
  2. Puree half of the strawberries in a food processor to make a strawberry sauce. Reserve the sauce and the remaining sliced strawberries in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Pour a few teaspoons of strawberry sauce into the bottom of each sundae glass. Add a scoop of frozen yogurt to each and drizzle with more strawberry sauce. Add another scoop of frozen yogurt and top with the remaining sauce and sliced strawberries.
  4. Decorate each sundae with nuts and chocolate shavings.
Lovely! You may start preparing your special strawberry sundae.

Get cozy on your hammock and enjoy the summer.

Oh, don’t forget the cherry, please.