Sunday, January 6, 2008

Strawberries in Hibiscus and Vanilla Syrup

This is absolutely brilliant - so simple and yet fabulous. I chanced upon this recipe at Chez Pim's blog and it looked so easy that I couldn't believe the rave reviews nor the fact that it was created by a 3-star chef (Alain Passard, no less).

This works like a dream for "normal" strawberries but I imagine it would be absolutely sublime with great strawberries! It's not easy to get dried hibiscus in Singapore but my colleague had just recently returned from Egypt where she bought hibiscus tea for us (according to the label, it's 100% organic and pesticide free dried hibiscus), so that came in fortuitously and I just had to use a couple of the tea bags.

2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Heat the water and sugar, until vigourously boiling. Bring off the heat, add in the vanilla bean (halved), and the dried hibiscus. When fully cool, strain the mixture through a sieve. Add quartered strawberries and stir well. Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours.

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