Strawberry and Honey, two of nature’s greatest gifts, have finally come together to create the most delicious condiment to grace planet earth: strawberry honey! Delicious on just about everything.
If I had to describe my current food life in only 3 words: All [Straw]berry Everything.
But seriously. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
And if I wasn’t already overly obsessed with strawberries, discovering STRAWBERRY HONEY during our Italian vacation would have definitely sealed the deal.
I can say, with 100% honesty and absolutely no exaggeration, that this is the most amazing condiment to have ever touched my lips.
During our last night in Rome, we dined with Anthony’s parents at Taverna Lucifero.
Side note: If you ever find yourself in Rome: EAT THERE! And also check out their sister restaurant Cantina Lucifero which might be even better. I mean, Cantina had gluten-free cannelloni the night we went. Need I say more?! ALSO, if you get the chance to rendezvous with your parents/in-laws in a foreign country, DO IT. So fun. ← And, um, sorry for being so bossy in this paragraph but you just gots to trust me here.
Anywho, we ordered a cheese plate as an appetizer (because: cheeseeee ♥) and then next thing you know the owner comes strolling over with three “homemade honeys” – strawberry, blueberry, and truffle – to accompany the cheese.
Scusi, cameriere?…yeah, you can go ahead and cancel that entrée order. I’ll just be over here drinking all of the honey.
Obviously the strawberry honey was #1 on my list to recreate when I returned home. A life without strawberry honey is no life at all. I know, that sounds a bit melodramatic, but you’ll totally understand once you’ve tried it.
And friends — the best news? It’s pretty darn simple to make. Ok, it does require a food processor and a strainer and about 5 minutes of your time, but that’s it! And it’s only 2 ingredients. You guessed it: strawberries and honey.
All you gots to do is throw a handful of strawberries in your food processor, let ‘em rock and roll, pour the puree through a strainer to remove the seeds, scrape the air bubbles of the top, and then mixmixmix it into honey.
And then ooooh and ahhhhh over the beauty that is Strawberry Honey.
Aaand you may find yourself dancing around your kitchen singing, “Sugar (bum bum bum bum bumbum)…. awee HONEY, HONEY” after your first spoonful. Not that I know anything about that…
(yup, I think I just officially became my mother, but it’s okay – that’s the most wonderful thing.)
I have repeatedly asked myself (out loud, of course): “WHYYYYY is this not a ‘thing’ yet?” while smearing it on everything in my path. Rest assured that this will not only become a “thing,” it will become your EVERYthing once you’ve tried it.
Sooo what’s the best way to enjoy it? There is no right or wrong, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Pair it with a strong flavored cheese such as a sharp cheddar or blue cheese. Your cheese boards will never be the same again!
- Slather it on: gluten-free toast, a warm biscuit, a muffin, a scone – or just about any other baked good.
- Drizzle it on your pancakes or waffles in place of maple syrup.
- Sweeten your oatmeal or quinoa flakes with it.
- Stir some into a cup of herbal tea for a hint of fruity sweetness.
Wondering how to store it between cheese boards/baked goods/breakfast items/tea time? Since honey is a natural preservative, and this strawberry honey is 4 parts honey, it should keep just fine on your shelf at room temperature in an airtight container. But if you’re a bit paranoid like me, it keeps perfectly well in the refrigerator too!
So what fancy strawberry honey food adventures are calling your name? I have a laundry list that I can’t wait to share with you all!
But in the mean time, just remember: whatever you choose to do with it, lay it on THICK. ♥
- ¼ cup pureed fresh strawberries (about 8-10 strawberries)
- 1 cup honey
- In a food processor, puree 8-10 hulled strawberries until they are a smooth liquid.
- Place a fine strainer over a small bowl, and pour the puree through the strainer to remove the seeds. You may have to do this a couple times to remove all of the seeds.
- Allow the strawberry puree to sit for a few minutes, and then gently skim the bubbles that have formed off of the surface of the puree.
- Pour honey into a medium bowl, and vigorously whisk strawberry puree into honey, until fully incorporated., then transfer to an airtight container.