A few weeks ago Brent and I went to Urka Farms and picked strawberries! It was actually less work than I anticipated and I really enjoyed doing it.
What does one do with 12 pounds of strawberries? They get busy in the kitchen!
I made strawberry freezer jam.
And a chocolate covered strawberry pie! Brent and I both came up with this idea independently (he while mowing the lawn, me while hulling strawberries). I put chocolate ganache in the bottom and drizzled on top. It was very good!
I also put 2 gallon bags of strawberries in the freezer for use in smoothies and future baking endeavors.
I’m looking forward to future fruit picking adventures! Cherries, apples, blueberries, whatever else I can find! Inexpensive, local fruit that I picked myself? Yes, PLEASE!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie
8 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 cups washed, hulled, sliced strawberries
1 small box strawberry jello
1 cup water
3 TBSP cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 graham cracker crust
Bring cream to a simmer and pour over chopped chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes and whisk until smooth. Pour into bottom of pie crust, saving a little for drizzling. Chill in fridge.
Bring water, sugar and cornstarch to a boil, boil until thickened and clear (about 3 minutes), stirring frequently. Take off heat and stir in jello. Let cool and stir in strawberries. Pour into pie crust and chill until set (4 hours to overnight). Keep in the fridge, drizzle with remaining ganache before serving.