Pink and sugary after a family weekend: strawberry sugar

Date aprile 10, 2012

Chiara has been my pen pal in the last 17 years, we started writing long and passionate letters with sharp colourful drawing pens and a round teenager handwriting, now we exchange quick messages and e-mails, to play along with the family busy schedule.

In seventeen years we exchanged a thousands of letters, e-mails and some photos, two phone calls and just one visit three years ago, then we managed to meet again eventually and we spent the Easter time together, in joy and disbelief, with her, her husband Luca and her two smiling babies, Sara and Davide.

We talked and talked, till we lost our voice, we talked in the car, at the table, on a seesaw, in the park and under the porch to skip the sudden downpour, while the kids run and run to fall asleep in the early evening, just after a quick dinner.

We pretended to be tourists – cameras, water and cap – in Colle Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano, where we ate the famous schiacciata (in this case a real savoury flat bread, not that schiacciata): fluffy and tasteful, with tiny puddles of olive oil and salt, still the same since I was a child and my mum was a child, too.

We played with the Lego, after years of silent and dusty rest in a wardrobe, we run after butterflies and pigeons, we searched for gnomes’ traces along a wood path and we hunted out with excitement their treasures, feathers and diamonds.

We foraged wild herbs to be serve as a side dish to the Easter roasted lamb, then we indulged ourselves in a thick slice of sportellina with a huge piece of dark chocolate Easter egg, with hazelnut, too.

In these days a fruit salad was served after every meal, spooned generously into colourful plastic bowls to gather the kids’ attention. They loved fruit anyway, but it was dressed in a festive way, sweeter and pink. The strawberry sugar cast its spell on every fruit spoonful, conquering kids and grown-ups.

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Recipe type: Sweet and seasoning
Serves: 1 jar
You’ll need
  • 700 g of caster sugar (200 g + 500 g)
  • ¾ ripe strawberries, stalks and leaves removed
How to make it
  1. Blend the strawberries with 200 g of sugar, then spoon it into a large bowl and stir in the remaining sugar until you obtain an even color.
  2. Spread the strawberry sugar in a tray and let it dry in the sun for an afternoon.
  3. In the evening, when it is completely dry, break the larger sugar crystals, gather it into a glass jar and store in refrigerator.

Where to use the strawberry sugar:

  • it gives colour and fragrance to fruit salads, enhancing the strawberry flavour,
  • it adds a pinkish hue to cocktails and it’s a perfect decoration to trim the rim of a glass of cold lemonade,
  • unusual but glossy, use it to sprinkle on strawberry muffins,
  • it sweetens ricotta cheese and raviggiolo, turning it into a fresh spring dessert.
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17 Responses to “Pink and sugary after a family weekend: strawberry sugar”

  1. Rosa said:

    It is great to have penpals. What a lovely way to spend Easter.

    That recipe is awesome!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. karin@yumandmore said:

    perfect pals, perfect pictures, perfectly delicious sugar!!

    See you soon, xox Karin

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  3. Yolanda said:

    What a beautiful idea! I will try with raspberries as I have developed an obsession for them. All my love from Romania, xx

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  4. Zita said:

    I know Boboli and I tried the famous schiacciata in San Gimignano. A great friend of mine suggested me to try it! :)

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  5. Kiri W. said:

    I love the pictures! :) What a wonderful post.

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  6. Holly said:

    This post made me homesick for my friends in a good way. Lovely post.

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  7. Tamara said:

    I love this idea! Such a pretty pink sugar

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  8. Jen L said:

    Can you clarify the strawberry amount? Thanks

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    Giulia Risposta:

    it’s about 3 ripe strawberries, just a small amount!

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  9. mjskit said:

    This is ingenious! I can think of so many ways to use this! Thanks for sharing so a wonderful idea!

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  10. myfudo said:

    Such a sweet treat! I love your post…

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  11. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box said:

    This looks so cute! I love that you gave little hints as to what to use it for. I’m definitely going to sprinkle it around the rims of cocktail glasses – it’s a great idea!

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  12. Sonia said:

    Great idea! Is it 3/4 cup of strawberries?

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    Giulia Risposta:

    it’s 3 or 4 ripe strawberries, you need just a few of them otherwise it gets too soggy!

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  13. Geraldine Saucier said:

    What a wonderful idea:) I can think of so many uses for it in cooking and adding a touch of color in serving various foods/beverages. Thanks for a great post:) I loved your pictures.

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  14. Karen said:

    I just found your website and look forward to enjoying your future entries as much as I did this one. Your photographs are beautiful, and I know I will be falling in love with Tuscany. Thanks from me in Alberta, Canada!

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  15. balvinder ( Neetu) said:

    What a wonderful idea of spending Easter with long time Pen pal. Simple and easy Strawberry sugar for garnishing.

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