Saturday, May 08, 2010

Violet Syrup over Strawberries - mmmmmmm!

I have to share this recipe because it was shockingly delicious. There are no pictures because it is all gone (for now).
The other night I wanted to make a little something special for dessert. There were some nice strawberries (not local yet, but it was a very special occasion) at the store, and I purchased them and a single slice of cheesecake.
After slicing up the strawberries, I sprinkled them with a little sugar and stirred them up to get the juice going, and then drizzled them with a tablespoon or so of violet syrup. This could actually be just about any floral syrup - rose would be very good too. A lot of the flavor in violet syrup comes from lemon zest that I simmer in the water - and then the key ingredient - a single drop of rose geranium essential oil is added to 8 to 10 ounces of the finished product.
If you've never made a floral syrup, you simply make a strong infusion using the fresh flowers, and then use that to make a simple syrup.

So... the slice of cheesecake was cut in half, and the strawberries were spooned over the top and sides. Then the whole thing gets hit with a dollop of whipped cream.

It was one of the tastiest things I've had in a while, and that tiny hint of rose geranium oil sent it right over the top.

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