"Some people claim that there's a woman to blame...
But I know, It's my own damn fault"
Actually, there was a woman to blame for these. It was the anniversary of my friend and neighbor's 29th birthday. I was to provide the treats. Sure, I made a cake...
A 4 tier red velvet cake thank you very much, but that's a post for tomorrow.
Today, my specific instructions were to make treats for the party. Jackie insisted that I make the cake, which was fine, but I had the most beautiful strawberries from my trip to the Farmer's Market (are you counting... fifth post in a row of pretty good stuff inspired by the market). So, I made the cake to make Jackie happy, but these were the hit of the party. Well, the first 20 minutes of the party anyway.
I found this recipe on the Kimberly Belle - Food Maven blog. She tells a wonderful story about her history with jell-o. But you'll have to hit the link to read her story.
3/4 pints Strawberries (hulled)
1 bunch Basil
4 cup Water
Lime Juice from 1 fresh Lime
2 envelopes Knox Gelatin
generous 1/3 cup Tequila
1/4 cup Cointreau
1/4 cup Sugar
Fleur de sel (a brand of large grind salt. Makes em look really pretty)
- Make sure the tequila and Cointreau are well chilled in the freezer.
- Puree the heck out of the strawberries, so even the seeds get pureed as best you can.
- Add enough water to the berries to make a total of a little over 1 cup of liquid.
- Boil the lime juice, strawberries and water.
- Mix the gelatin with the sugar, and then slowly stir it into the boiling juices.
- Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add the tequila and Cointreau.
- Pour into a baking pan, top with the basil leaves, and chill for 1 hour.
- Sprinkle with fleur de sel mixed with lime zest and chill overnight.
- Slice in the morning and serve.
Have a great weekend everyone, I have to go hunt down my lost shaker of salt.