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The strawberry season is almost ending and now you can get them quite cheap.   If you like having strawberries, year round (not that they’ll last so long) you can preserve them.   Imagine eating your ice cream with strawberries and strawberry syrup in August, or making strawberry panna cotta in winter.  The leftover syrup is a treat by itself.  You can wet sponge cakes or use it to flavour creams.  The possibilities are unlimited.

I have made lots of fruit preserves, called spoon sweets in Greek and you can find detailed instructions in the links provided below.

However, each fruit must be treated in different ways.  Fruit which are bitter, like walnuts, citrus in general must soak in water for a lot of days until the bitterness is removed.  Most fruit are then put in quick lime in order to maintain their crunchiness and some fruit which are very delicate, like strawberries and apricots do not need to boil for a long time as they will turn into jam.

Making spoon sweets is not an easy job but starting with easy preserves such as strawberries and apricots is a good start.   The most difficult part of making spoon sweets is to achieve the right density for the syrup.  If you achieve that your spoon sweets can be preserved for months, even years, if they are not eaten by then,  stored in your cupboards.  I still have cherry spoon sweet from last summer, chestnut spoon sweet and eggplant spoon sweet since last fall. Otherwise if you are not sure that your syrup is dense,  you will have to refrigerate it for shorter periods.

It is best that the strawberries are firm and of the same size but if there are a few that are not so firm, add them as well and they will flavour the syrup and you can use them in desserts.

Strawberry  Spoon Sweet

Ingredients:

1 kilo Strawberries

750 grams sugar

1 shot of cherry brandy liqueur (or any other liqueur you like)

4 -5 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Wash the strawberries and carefully remove the stem.  Put one layer in a sauce pan and cover with sugar.  Add a second layer and add sugar.  Wet them with the liqueur and leave them until the sugar melts.  This will take about 5 – 6 hours.

When the sugar melts, bring to boil, lower heat and cook for 5 minutes.  Do not mix with a spoon so that you do not spoil them but just toss the pan.  Remove from the heat and carefully using a spoon or slotted spoon remove the strawberries into a bowl.

Return the syrup back and bring to a boil.  Add lemon juice  lower heat and simmer until the syrup thickens.  This will take about half an hour.  Set aside until the syrup is lukewarm.  Return the strawberries back into the syrup, toss the saucepan to coat with the syrup and allow to cool completely.

Store in sterilized jars.

I also got some cheap apricots, however, it would be best if I made them into a jam as they were over ripe and did not hold well.  However, they can still be used in many ways.

A few days later I made some more, just the same way but this time the apricots were more firm.

I used fragrant geranium leaves, which I love to flavour spoon sweets, but you can substitute that with 1 tsp vanilla essence or any other aroma you like.

If the apricots are firm and not too sweet, you can follow the above method as well  and you can increase the sugar accordingly upto 500 grams.

Apricot Spoon Sweet

Ingredients:

2 kilos apricots

1 kilo sugar

700 ml water

3 fragrant geranium leaves

Lemon rind of 1 lemon

4 -5 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Wash, halve and stone the apricots.

In a large sauce pan add the sugar, water and lemon peel and bring to boil.  Simmer for five minutes.  Add the apricots, the geranium leaves and wait until it comes to boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and set aside until it cools.

Remove the apricots with a slotted spoon and put the syrup back on the heat.  Bring to boil and add the lemon juice.  Lower heat and simmer until the syrup thickens.

Allow to cool and add the apricots back in the syrup.  Allow to cool completely and store in sterilized jars.

This recipe goes to Simona, of Briciole, who is hosting this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, started by Kalyn and now managed by Haalo.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

See other similar recipes:

Glyko Melitzanaki (Eggplant spoon sweet)

Glyko Kerassi (Cherry Spoon Sweet)
Glyko Karpouzi (Water Melon)
Glyko Nerantzi (Bitter oranges)
Glyko Bergamonto (Bergamot)
Glyko Vyssino (Sour cherries)
Glyko Karydaki (green immature walnuts)
Glyko Kydoni me amygdala (Quince with almonds)
Glyko Kydoni me kastana (Quince with chestnuts)
Glyko Milo (Apples)

also

About Spoon sweets
How can we tell if the syrup is ready?
How to fix spoon sweets
How to sterilize jars

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  1. Ο/Η Cheryl λέει:

    Very, very nice! Perfect. Our neighbor gave us spoon strawberry spoon sweets last week. I have to give it a try, it's easy enough. I've only made fig spoon sweets before.
    LOVELY.
    Have a great weekend Ivy! :)
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  2. Ο/Η sripriya λέει:

    Looks fantastic.. delicious… nice click s dear..

  3. Ο/Η yasmeen λέει:

    Yum berries and apricots,both are in season even here.Love to the slather the spoon sweet on my morning bread :D

  4. Ο/Η Angie's Recipes λέει:

    I never make any spoon sweet…..might just get some strawberries as they are so much cheaper now.

  5. Ο/Η Maria λέει:

    I especially love this time of year because of this … fresh fruit that can be turned into scrumptious jams, preserves and spoon sweets. These look fantastic Ivy!

  6. Ο/Η Lazaro λέει:

    Informative post. Love the spoon sweets, especially the cherry brandy, great choice.

    Cheers!

  7. Ο/Η Nadji λέει:

    Très bonne idée pour conserver les fruits. Je note ta recette.
    A bientôt.

  8. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

    Mmmmhhhh, that is exquisit!

    Cheers,

    Rosa
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  9. Ο/Η 5starfoodie λέει:

    So yummy! I've never heard of spoon sweets and now must try to make very soon, thanks so much for sharing the recipes!

  10. Ο/Η Ms Bibi λέει:

    That looks delicious. I can't way for fresh local strawberries to be ready and apricots will follow.
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  11. Ο/Η Jen Cheung λέει:

    hellllllllllo there! found you on foodbuzz! :) your page is lovely! feel free to drop by my page when you have the time! thanks a bunch.

    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca
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  12. Ο/Η Jen Cheung λέει:

    hellllllllllo there! found you on foodbuzz! :) your page is lovely! feel free to drop by my page when you have the time! thanks a bunch.

    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca
    My recent post Japanese all you can eat buffet, Markham Ontario area

  13. Ο/Η Jen Cheung λέει:

    that sure does looks like a lot of sugar on the strawberries.

  14. Ο/Η fimère λέει:

    j’ai l’habitude de les préparer c’est vraiment exquis
    bonne soirée
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  15. Ο/Η tobias cooks! λέει:

    I just love these kind of sweets. Can't get enough of them.

  16. Ο/Η pierre λέει:

    hi ivy your strawberries look delicious this is really strawberry time on blogs !! Pierre

  17. Ο/Η Kevin (Closet Cooking) λέει:

    I had been wondering exactly what spoon sweets were. Both of these sound really good.

  18. Ο/Η tasteofbeirut λέει:

    These strawberries and apricots are so vibrant and juicy; you are reminding me that I need to hurry and make some apricot sun-jam when I get to Lebanon; thanks for the info on salade russe; so it was a Russian/Belgian chef who invented it after all!

  19. [...] only some syrup which gave colour, flavour, aroma and a little sweetness.   The addition of the spoon sweet is what makes the difference and the amount will depend on how many extra calories you want to [...]

  20. Ο/Η Simona λέει:

    Ah those colors! They cheer my eyes today that's so gray here. I can see using the strawberry spoon sweet for strawberry panna cotta. Thanks for another great recipe!

  21. Ο/Η tigerfish λέει:

    Typically, fresh fruits such as strawberries and apricots don't last long enough for me to make desserts. Cos I will "attack" those fruits and they go straight into my stomach :O

  22. [...] cream is with rose water, rose syrup and orange blossom water. Back at home my mom served it with spoon sweets and a little syrup on top and my favourite would be with bitter orange spoon [...]

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