Tis’ the season for RED!!
I just had to drop in today to share this super simple red strawberry festive cheery lovey-dovey GORGEOUS garnish.
Seriously… put it on anything and it will instantly turn it Christmasy!!!
The method is SUPER simple. Although it takes some time and patience… you can easily manage this little project while tapping your foot to Holiday music and simultaneously decking your halls.
All you need is a small saucepan, water, granulated sugar, strawberries, parchment paper and a baking rack. Go ahead. Get ’em out. I’ll wait….
Okay. Let me go into “List Mode” to give you a quick overview…
- Heat water and sugar to make a simple syrup. Dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cool completely.
- Wash, hull & slice your strawberries while the syrup is cooling completely.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip strawberry slices in cooled syrup. Shake off excess. Place on parchment on baking sheet.
- Bake in oven for 2 hours at 200°F.
- Remove and let cool. Peel off parchment and place on wire rack to cool completely.
Are you overwhelmed?? I hope not. I hope I described it in a way that made you realize just how easy!!! this little “Candied Strawberries” thing is. 🙂
They’ll come out all sweet and chewy and they’ll look (& TASTE!) gorgeous on any treat or snacky thing you put them on. Stick them on brownie squares. Put one on top of your scone’s glaze. Pop one on each of your morning muffins. Dot the whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate with one. Nestle a slice into the chocolate frosting on top of your cupcakes. Line them in a circle on top of your trifle. Line them up around your toasted cream cheese bagel.
You really can’t go wrong here!! They just give anything a touch of Holiday cheer.
And come to think of it!!!…. you could “Pin” the recipe and make it again for Valentine’s Day… don’t you think these would make all those lovey dovey snacks & treats super Valentinesey??!! Me too. Me TOO.
Here’s something I recently used these strawberries for…. (the reveal/ recipe is coming soon if it’s making you hungry!)
Snap a photo and show me what you put these on…. just pop on over to your social sharing network of choice and tag me: @galmeetsfood #galmeetsfood so I’ll be sure to see it! I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest…. come on over and say hello ANYtime! ♥
Hope your last day of November is fabulous!!
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 15 medium/ large strawberries, rinsed, patted dry, hulled and thinly sliced
- Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely. (Move on to the glaze while you wait for the pound cake to bake!).
- Once the pound cake is out of the oven, lower the heat to 200°F. When the syrup is completely cooled, dip the strawberry slices in the syrup and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Bake the strawberries for about 2 hours (or a bit more). They should be dried a bit but still bright red in color and slightly chewy.
- Transfer the candied strawberry slices to a wire rack to cool completely. Use after immediately as a garnish or store on layers of parchment in an airtight container.