Strawberry Picking Part Two

If you read my previous post, you know we went strawberry picking last weekend. We brought so many home that we have been preparing strawberries in every way imaginable. Our freezer is full of bags of frozen strawberries and all kinds of strawberry goodies, like this strawberry sorbet. I hope I am at least making you dream of summer.

Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts, so of course I had to make it right away while the strawberries were still fresh and juicy. Buttermilk biscuits, accompanied by macerated strawberries, strawberry sorbet and creme fraiche and vanilla bean cream. We had this on Valentine’s night while watching a sort of cheesy, but perfect romantic comedy. Not bad, I say.

Here are some more photos of our little escapade with the kids, which we will definitely have to do again.

On another note, I was so excited to hear that Cannelle Et Vanille was named one of the world’s 50 best food blogs by The Times Online. Such an honor! You can read the full article here. Thank you very much!

Also exciting was the post that Holly wrote for Real Simple. Read it here. Thanks Holly!

Buttermilk Biscuits

225 grams flour
40 grams sugar
9 grams baking powder
2 grams salt
75 grams butter, cubed and cold
125 grams buttermilk
1 egg yolk

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add the chilled and cubed butter and coat it with the dry ingredients. Quickly start working the butter into the flour with your fingers. We want to break it down to small pieces but leaving some chunks.

Mix the buttermilk and the egg yolk together and add it to the dry ingredients. Fold until the dough comes together. Do not overwork it or the dough will be tough. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cutters and place the biscuits on a sheetpan lined with parchment.

Refrigerate the biscuits for a couple of hours (or you can freeze them at this point).

Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar on top. Bake at 375F for about 15 minutes until they are golden brown.

Macerated Strawberries

Wash and cut strawberries. Place them in a clean bowl and sprinkle some sugar over them. Toss them and let them sit at room temperature for about two hours or until the natural juices start to come out.

If you want, you could add a bit of kirsch, framboise or eau de vie at this point.

Strawberry Sorbet

For a different strawberry sorbet recipe go here.

500 grams strawberry puree
105 grams water
75 grams sugar
75 grams atomized glucose
1.5 grams sorbet stabilizer

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the atomized glucose and bring it to another boil. Ad the sugar and stabilizer that have been previously mixed together.

Remove from heat and transfer to a clean bowl. Let it cool in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, mix the strawberry puree with the syrup and churn in the ice cream machine. Freeze.


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73 Responses to “Strawberry Picking Part Two”

  1. Tartelette says:

    We could almost play dominoes with the shortcakes and strawberries they are so cute! I think what I love the most about strawberried are their flowers and flower buds. They should adorned every birthday cake made in February!

  2. Carolina says:

    So wonderfull… I love this color!!! And I love your photos too!
    Have a nice day!

  3. Foodess says:

    Firstly, congratulations on being a top 50!

    Strawberry shortcake is my ultimate summer pleasure… mine is still far off, however, but in the meantime I will live vicariously through you.

  4. jill says:

    I just got a spring-summer feeling… :)

  5. morgana says:

    Qué maravilla de fresitas, Aran. Aquí todavía es febrero y las que hay no son muy buenas, habrá que esperar a mayo. Pero veros cogiendo las fresas me ha recordado a cuando era niña y mi abuela tenía plantadas algunas fresitas salvajes en su huerta. Eran pequeñitas pequeñitas pero con un sabor… ¡Parecían caramelos!

    No me extraña nada que estés entre los 50 mejores blogs de cocina del mundo. Tanto tus maravillosas fotos como tus delicioas recetas lo merecen. Y tu persona también. (k)

    ¡¡ ENHORABUENA !!

  6. gabriela says:

    Zorionak……Aran!!!!!
    Imagino que estas feliz. Está claro que lo hecho con calidad y tus fotos,tus postres y tu estilismo, lo tienen, llega a los sitios que menos imaginamos. Lo bueno siempre está ahí. Y nosotras encantadas que poco a poco lo vayas pillando.
    No creo que vaya a tomar ese sorbete de fresa, pero me comere un bollo de mantequilla para celebrar tus exitos!!!! Muxus. Gabriela

  7. Foodie says:

    This makes me feel even sadder bring in cold, drizzly England – Sunless and strawberryless! It makes me want summer to come round even faster…

  8. Roll on the summer when there are home grown strawberries in Ireland!! this looks fantasically fresh and gorgeous!

  9. ChichaJo says:

    We are getting a lot of strawberries here too! I’m inspired by all the scrumptiousness you are making with strawberries here :)

    Congratulations on all the mentions! Bravo! So well deserved! :)

  10. Strawberry season is of very short duration here. We get good ones for about a month, and we just eat it up as it is or in a shake. But I know I will have some variety next time, thanks to you:). Great news! Isn’t that like icing on the cake? Two honors one after the other – good for you and way to go!!

  11. Love your strawberry creations! Can’t wait to get my hands on some strawberries now!

  12. Great pairing! Both the sorbet and biscuits look mighty good! I love your pictures, as always…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  13. FeeMail says:

    Top 50! You are making jokes. You are the second named! So great! congratulations…. and again this strawberries… I couldn’t resist ;-)!

  14. Jo says:

    Oh my, this is so absolutely gorgeous. The colours are so brilliant and the photos beautiful. Wonderful pairing of flavours as well.

  15. More like screaming in pure agony of not being able to dive right into the screen..than dreaming! Gorgeous all the way…great great sorbets & beautifully pictured! that’s why you were in the 50!! Good for you!

  16. Botacook says:

    Oh, it’s crazy how you make me want to be in spring/summer to eat this wonderful sorbet, yummy! I keep this recipe for better days :)

  17. Eileen says:

    I am so ready for fresh strawberries, altho’ I have a while before I see anything close to that locally. And strawberry sorbet is such a wonderful way to use those flavorful, fresh berries.

  18. Kate says:

    I’ve been on a strawberry kick lately and your pictures aren’t helping! I can’t wait to try these out…

  19. Zerogluten says:

    Una maravilla entre las maravillas como siempre Aran. Eres un espectaculo en la cocina!
    Por cierto, aquí en España por qué podríamos sustituir el buttermilk?
    Muchos besitos sin gluten

  20. Oh you are killing me with all the strawberry-ness!! I want some strawberry sorbet now.

  21. Bridget says:

    Adding strawberry sorbet to my must make list…I think it shouldn’t be too much longer for strawberries in Texas.

    Congratulations on all of the kudos!!! You deserve every one, Aran! :)

  22. Sam says:

    Such beautiful photographs of inspiration…. Truly love reading your posts.

    Cant wait to try the recipe this weekend.

    -Pretty Lovely

  23. zerrin says:

    How lucky you are! I wish I could touch and small those so cute strawberries on their leaves.

    I feel that I’m having a small trip to summer days with these photos. Thank you for that.

    And strawberry sorbet sounds a great idea!

    Congrats for being among the best 50 food blogs.

  24. you should make strawberry jam next. i love canning. can’t wait until summer. i bet cannelle et vanille jam labels would be the cutest things. 50$ a jar. hehehe.

    i saw the blog award ranking a couple days ago, you very much deserve!! felicitations!!

  25. Dragana says:

    Your photographs are stunning, your kids cute and your desserts look delectable! I follow your blog regularly and learn something new every time. Congratulations on being in the top 50. Lovely article in Real Simple.

  26. Cakespy says:

    Congratulations on all of your success–so deserved!–and oh my, that shortcake. My favorite. Lovely!

  27. congratulations!!!!! HOORAY for you Aran! I’m so proud of you! and this strawberry wonderland is so lovely–such a pretty sign of spring to come!

  28. cindy* says:

    aran! what a super star! congratulations, woo hoo!

    and yes, definitely having some thoughts of summer over here.

  29. nadia says:

    How beautiful! Aran love both articles!! exactly what i meant about inspiration food and still life! You are amazing!!!

  30. goodness, how yummy!!! it warms my heart to know that florida has strawberries, still in our deep freeze in chicago…
    congrats on real simple and decor8!!

  31. Delicious – I love your presentation and your photos! They inspire me!

  32. Arlette says:

    Delicious..
    I just made the same sorbet and mixed it with rasberry, the flavour and color are amazing.. and they are hand picked from our lot…
    I want to take the chance and congratulate you on the recognition as being one of the 50 best food blog
    you deserve it… Cheers to your good work

  33. Aran says:

    Thank you everyone for your warm wishes and kind words. Very much appreciated!

  34. Maya says:

    I can’t wait for winter to end in NY.

  35. Tami says:

    Here I was being thankful living in balmy Vancouver with flowers coming up and no snow, mild sunny days. But now I’m depressed because I have another 4 months before I can enjoy a strawberry around here. And your photos are really making me crave a dish of balsamic marinated strawberries.

  36. Rita says:

    Beautiful, as usual! I saw your blog on the list earlier and was really excited for you, congratulations!

  37. Y says:

    The smell of a handful of ripe strawberries has got to be one of the most intoxicating scents ever. Congrats for featuring on the list!

  38. Christy says:

    Even if you insist that it was ‘one editor’s opinion’, I still think that you deserve it! And Holly got your aesthetics pinned down perfectly! Wow! For someone whose aesthetic is ‘confused’, it’s really an eye opener!

    In the meantime, I’d certainly be happy with some buttermilk biscuits and macerated strawberries for ‘breakfast’ (it’s 12 noon now).

  39. well, you know, up North from you, where the temperature is going to be below 20 tonite (that’s – 7 C), strawberry season is months away. But didn’t I have the foresight to make lots of sorbet (including strawberry) in the summer and I still have (a little) in my deep freezer?

    Yep, I did.
    Still not as good as picking fresh perfectly ripe strawberries, but it’ll come…

  40. Gis says:

    i go crazy with your posts xD I send them always to everyone i know!!
    And yes, Holly is right, i feel like your food is so inspirational!!! And i do web design *giggle*
    Take care!!!

  41. hai there Aran… first i want to say congratulation for being one of 50 world’s best foodblog by Time Online. and second i wanna say … damn!gergous! yup! ur creations always make me drolling.. u are trully blessed with full of pastry art..
    have a nice day!

    dee at sweet scarlett

  42. anna says:

    You are making me so impatient for summer! At least I’ll have some great ideas what to do with the strawberries when they are finally in season here.

    Congratulations on the top 50 – you definitely deserve it!

  43. Anna says:

    You’re making me extremely jealous over here, I’d love to be able to eat strawberries this time at the year. To bad Sweden is covered in snow atleast until April.

    However, just wanted to leave a comment from the north. You’re great, keep up the good work (and food!). Hugs

  44. Cherie says:

    Congrats on making the top 50! Lovely recipe and pics!

  45. Suze says:

    Congratulations…it’s no wonder you’re in the top fifty, such a beautiful and lovely blog to read.

    And now you’re making me wish for the long, lazy days of June. Something to look forward to.

  46. Anonymous says:

    congratulations Aran! your are number 2 in the 50 of the world’s best food blogs in
    Times Online’s guide to the world’s tastiest food blogs s list
    you deserve it!
    Anis

  47. That is wonderful recieving such an award…but so deserved! Your strawberry sorbet looksso delicious. Even in the middle of Minnesota winters I still crave cold treats.

  48. Aimée says:

    Aran- You are most deserving of the mention in the Times. You are in my top 10 for sure.I’m just tickled that I discovered you long before they did!

    Sweet shots of berry picking. What great family memories.
    Love the addition of the green berry in the photo. Stunning.

  49. this post makes me long for summertime here on the east coast!

  50. Congratulations, Aran. And you didn’t even mention that you were #2!

    Your sorbet recipes keep making me want to own an ice cream maker. Do you have any tips for making it without one?

    Also, you asked how my chocolate and meyer lemon cake worked out. I had meyer lemons from my tree but since my son decided he wasn’t a lemon fan on my first version, I made the second version with enough eggs, and it was wonderful that time! I used the first batch of very cookie-like cake for a chocolate crust on cheesecake.

    The second time I substituted pomegranate jelly for the lemon juice (next time I’ll use pomegranate juice for a stronger flavor).

    I made the milk chocolate chantilly into stars with a little mold and my son thought those were really neat. I sprinkled pomegranate seeds over the top.

    I made two cakes; I made one as an 8 inch round and the second as a 6 inch round. I served the 8 inch for the party. My grandmother’s birthday is the day after my son’s birthday. As she was eating her piece, she said, “All I need now is another smaller one of these for tomorrow.” I was planning on us eating it, but when she said that, I pulled it out and put on the stars and seeds and a candle and we sang to her too! She was delighted!

    So, you made two birthdays for us! A four year old’s AND his great-grandmother’s!

  51. Jen Yu says:

    Oh, more strawberries… *swoon* There is really nothing quite so lovely as picking strawberries on a farm with little kids and watching them enjoy a few of the juicy, sweet fruits right there. We went picking with our friends’ two boys in California before we moved to Colorado and it was such a delight. The sorbet looks so delicious from here. You know… your little man is just precious and adorable. He must have some beautiful parents :)

  52. giggleness says:

    yum
    ive been eating so many strawberries lately.
    xx

  53. Camila says:

    Congratulations!!! Your blog is definitely my favourite in food category. I really liked to see that you son is a Beatle fan :)

  54. I wish it were strawberry season here! Looks delicious and beautiful!

  55. I’ve been really enjoying the strawberry season too (I live in Miami FL). Your pictures are amazing!

  56. Mac says:

    Hi Aran,

    I’ve been following quite a number of blogs for the past year – about 15 of them food-themed – but earlier this week, I came upon the Times Online list of the best food blogs and checked out your blog for the first time. I’ve been hooked since then going through all your posts and I’m not even done yet. But I just wanted to let you know that I think this is a wonderful blog you have here. The photos are amazing, they make my mouth water. EVERYTHING looks delicious!

    I’m glad I discovered your blog and I look forward to reading more of your recipes and musings.

  57. Mobula says:

    Fresas, fresas y más fresas… tiene que estar absolutamente deliciosas, estoy impaciente por encontra
    r buenas fresas para empezar con los sorbetes, el año pasado hice una receta de David Lebovitz que se ha convertido en mi favorita y espero poder repetila…

    Por otro lado, Zorionak!!!! Te mereces estar en esa lista de los 50 mejores blogs de fotografía, tus fotos son impresionantes.

    Besos,

    ana

  58. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on top 50!!! How exciting! You very much deserve it!

    the strawberry pictures are beyond beautiful!

  59. Art6 says:

    wow your photography is amazing and so are your recipes i made a cranberry and white chocolate mousse for Christmas. it was delicious

  60. Beautiful dessert, beautiful photos. I’m so absolutely thrilled to hear that you are gaining the recognition you so richly deserve.

    Congratulations!

  61. Aran says:

    Thank you very much everyone. all your wishes and comments are so appreciated!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Arantzazu: Como siempre, un placer leerte y disfrutar de las maravillas que haces.
    Zorionak!
    Bego

  63. Paula says:

    This is beautiful. Bring on summer.

  64. Jen says:

    I just found your blog and every post is more beautiful (and tempting) than the next. I love strawberry shortcake and these photos are just amazing. I was curious, do you have an Etsy shop or any place where you sell prints of some of your gorgeous photos?

  65. Aran says:

    Jen- No, no shop yet. Who knows. Maybe soon? Thank you!

  66. Daniella says:

    OMG! Your blog is freaking awesome… looooooove the photos!

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  68. Sahaja says:

    Hey congrats!!

    and I shall try sorbet recipe ….can you tell me where I can find the recipe of strawberry shortcake?

    Thanks
    Sahaja

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