Strawberries and Crème Fraîche
As long as I can remember, I have looked forward to strawberry season. Strawberries marked the beginning of summer and the end of the school year. They meant fresh strawberries with sugar, pies, and of course my mother’s freezer jam. I am sure at some time or another my mother must have bought strawberries from the store but I sure don’t remember when. What I do remember is waking up early to make the trek to pick our own strawberries over at Butler’s Orchard. As a child, that seemed like a long drive, I mean we went from suburbia through woods and ended up on a farm (in reality it’s about fifteen minutes from my childhood home). There was the itchy straw under our legs, crouching down and searching for the perfect berry, eating almost as many strawberries as ended up in the flat, and the rush to pick them before the sun got too high and too hot. It was one of those rituals that marked the passing of the seasons.
A few years back, Ana planted 15 strawberry plants in her yard. Fast forward a few years later (ok, it may be closer to fifteen) she – and now Bones and I – are reaping the benefits! We harvested the first ripe strawberry 10 days ago and have easily harvested 6 quarts this week alone, three of which were harvested today. So while we finally have enough into make and can a batch of jam tomorrow, we’ve been enjoying our strawberries in plenty of other ways. I’ve had strawberries on yogurt for breakfast and strawberry covered ice cream for dessert, but on Sunday Ana whipped up some crème fraîche for dipping strawberries in (alongside our bacon and hash browns of course). The crème fraîche was flavored with some delicious four fruit spread but only because we were out of apricot jam – regardless it was the perfect dip for our freshly picked strawberries.
- 1 Pint Sour cream
- 1 Pint Heavy Cream
- 1 C Jam of your choosing (I highly recommend Apricot for strawberries but experiment with your tastes!)
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Whisk them all together.
3,. You’re done – no really that was all there was to it! Place it next to your strawberries and dig in!
What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries when they’re in season?