June 7, 2012

Roasted Strawberry Lemonade {Powernap}

Roasted Strawberry Lemonade

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

I could’ve made a dozen or so pies with all the strawberries that we picked last week. But in the interest of my waistline I decided to forgo that idea and diversify my strawberry based projects. Since my daughter did a lot of the manual labor it was important that she be included in some of the strawberry cooking decisions and her request was strawberry lemonade. She is a big fan of lemonade in general and her eyes lit up at the prospect of making it at home from scratch.

To coax more of the flavor out of our strawberries I gave them a quick roast in some sugar before adding them to our lemonade. It heightened the sweetness of the fruit and made them easier to puree into a smooth pulp. After we stirred them into the lemonade my daughter asked me to strain the liquid to remove the pulp in seeds. I was happy to do so but this is really option for you. If you like the pulp, keep it! We loved the delicious fruity flavor of the lemonade once it was finished. It was refreshing and smooth all at once. I can already tell we’ll be making this again after our next strawberry picking trip!

Recipe

 Roasted Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients

1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
½ cup sugar
8 cups fresh lemonade (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Toss the sliced strawberries with the sugar and place them in an ovenproof baking dish in one even layer. Roast them for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

2. Place the cooled strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.

3. Pour the strawberries into the lemonade pitcher and add in the lemonade. Stir well. To strain the liquid first mix the strawberries and lemonade together in a large mixing bowl. Then pour it through a strainer into the pitcher. Enjoy!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This terrific lemonade also makes excellent popsicles!

Naptime Stopwatch

12 minutes to prepare

Naptime Reviews

A hugely successful beverage, my daughter adored her new drink!

 

 

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  • http://www.chocolateandchillies.blogspot.ca/ Asiya

    Love this idea for using up the strawberries from picking!  Great idea to make them into popsicles!

  • Karen

    Can’t wait to try this, and when I saw it my first thought was popsicles, I saw your serving ideas and smiled, cuz that was what I was thinking.

  • Alla

    how do you measure a pint of strawberries?

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      One pint is 2 cups!