PICK-YOUR-OWN
IT'S STRAWBERRY SEASON!

June in Connecticut means strawberry season!

Last Saturday we had the chance to go strawberry picking. Have you ever been?

If you love the countryside and strawberries you must go and pick your own! Not only do you get to spend time in contact with nature, but you get to eat what you harvest.

 

The rows and rows of strawberry plants waiting for you to to discover their little red juicy gems.

I grew up surrounded by farms, and I can tell the difference between the overgrown and unripe picked fruits you find in the supermarket and the small, perfectly ripe, flavorful berries that you pick up here.

The smell when you cut the strawberries off the plant, is just heaven.

There are many farms across Connecticut to pick your own, but my favorite is Lyman Orchard . It not only features strawberry fields, but a big variety of fruits and their own store.

You can pick your own strawberries daily from 8 am to 5 pm. And soon peaches, blueberries, raspberries and more, check out their website.

When you visit, do not forget to check out for activities, like live music, and classes.

Enjoy picking!

Scroll down to see my favorite summer recipe with strawberries!

I honestly like every single thing made with strawberries, from pancakes to smoothies, but lately I am obsessed with the simple and light strawberry angel cake.

Strawberry Angel Food cake 

This is the perfect dessert for summer! 

There are so many ways to prepare an angel food cake or a shortcake. This is what I do:

  • Angel cake: This is very easy to make with only 6 ingredients:

1 and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup + 2 tablespoons of cake flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

12 large egg whites

1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream

1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, in a food processor add 3/4 cup of the sugar, the cake flour and salt and blend until the mixture is light.

In a bowl whip the egg whites and the cream together until foamy and then add the other cup of sugar. Mix for about 5 min until you get a soft form.

Add the four mixture to the egg mixture ( do it really slow to avoid a dense cake)

Pour into a pan ( spread batter).

Bake about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

The lazy option for when you're in a hurry is to buy the angel cake at the grocery store!

  •  Whipped cream + strawberries 

Slice the angel cake in half and layer with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Top with remaining whipped cream and strawberries  to own taste.

Enjoy!!!

 

What is your favorite summer dessert with strawberries ?