Like drinking pure strawberries, this strawberry infusion recipe will thrill strawberry lovers.
I love this strawberry infusion. It can be enjoyed hot on a cold spring night, cold on a hot summer's day, as a fruit sauce over rice, in yogurt, on ice cream, to top pancakes, you name it. It is versatile and tastes incredible. It really is like drinking fresh strawberries.
I can still remember watching my mom make this infusion when I was growing up. It made the whole house smell like strawberries. To this day I'm not entirely sure if I loved this drink so much because it was made from strawberries, or if strawberries are my favourite fruit because of how delicious this infusion is.
If you go strawberry picking, or end up finding a great deal on strawberries, do yourself a favour and give this a try. I don't think you'll have any regrets.
TIP: This strawberry infusion can also be made with frozen whole strawberries.
TIP: This syrup can be turned into a shrub with the addition of white wine vinegar. Just leave out the cornstarch, and once the syrup cools, add enough vinegar so that it balances the sweetness without becoming the dominant flavour. Use to make refreshing cocktails and try as a topping on ice cream!
(Makes 8 servings)
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled
monkfruit sweetener to taste (or granulated sugar)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the hulled strawberries and enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil then reduce temperature to medium. Allow the strawberries to continue simmering until the husks turn pale and the water becomes red. Skim out the husks and dispose.
Add sweetener 1 tablespoon at a time, testing until the liquid reaches the sweetness preferred.
In a small bowl, add the cornstarch. Add a cup of cold water into the bowl and stir to dissolve the cornstach without forming lumps. Add the cornstarch liquid into the pot and immediately stir to combine. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring the strawberry infusion back to a boil, allowing it to begin thickening. Remove from heat.
Ladle into mugs and enjoy while hot, allow to cool to room temperature and drink when cool, transfer into a juice jug or bottle and refrigerate. Enjoy as desired.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 41 | total fat = 0.34g | saturated fat = 0.02g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 1.13mg | net carbohydrates = 13.44g | dietary fibre = 2.27g | sugars = 5.55g | protein = 0.76g