Strawberry spoon sweet recipe
- Cuisine: Greek
Author and cook Maria Benardis, founder of Greekalicious, shares a recipe for strawberry spoon sweet dessert.
It is not unusual in a Greek household to be served a “spoon sweet” when you visit someone’s home. This is a traditional offering and it is called a spoon sweet because the usual serving size is a well-filled teaspoon, accompanied by a strong Greek coffee and a glass of icy cold water.
In Greece most of these sweets are prepared at the time of year each fruit is in season and are then preserved for the days when that particular fruit is not available.
Spoon sweets can be made with many fruits, such as cherries, grapes, figs, apricots and berries; citrus fruit such as bitter wild orange and cumquat from Corfu; and nuts such as pistachios and walnuts. The most unusual spoon sweets are those made with rose petals or other types of flower petals, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and eggplant.
I love to serve spoon sweets over ice-cream or some Greek-style yoghurt.
Ingredients300g fresh strawberries, washed well, stems removed
½ cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
½ lemon, juiced
PreparationCut the large strawberries in half and leave the smaller ones whole. Place the strawberries in a small saucepan and cover them with sugar.
Place the strawberries in the fridge overnight. This will give them enough time to release their juices.
When the strawberries are ready, add the water and remaining ingredients, except for the lemon juice, and place them on the stove over a medium heat. When they begin to simmer reduce the heat to low. Allow them to cook for 3 minutes and then remove the strawberries from the syrup and place them in a bowl.
Add the lemon juice to the syrup and continue to simmer over a low heat for a further 10 minutes, until the syrup thickens.
Pour the syrup over the strawberries and allow the spoon sweet to cool down to room temperature.
Store in a sterilised jar.
Makes 500 ml
©2012 Maria Benardis
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