Was it only a month and a half ago that we were just starting to emerge from the icebox of winter (like those little shoots of flowers popping up in the yard) and dreaming of springtime and fresh hand-picked strawberries when we posted our Strawberry Crumble recipe? My, my, how time flies. Now here we are on the threshold of summer, already complaining about the heat and humidity, and wondering how to cool off. Where did spring go?
Well, spring is still here–on the calendar and at Reading and Recipes! It may be hotter than heck in a lot of places, and the pick-your-own strawberry patches may be closed or closing down in many regions. But we can’t turn our attention to summer fruits without paying one last tribute to the ultimate springtime fruit–strawberries!
But in this parting (till next year) tribute, we’re also aware of the rising heat and our growing need to cool down. So leave your oven turned off and pull out the blender and mix up a batch of this simple and delicious and healthy Strawberry Frappe. It uses milk instead of cream, yogurt instead of ice cream, fresh strawberries (run down and see if the pick-your-own patch has a few left) instead of frozen berries, and jam instead of sugar. But don’t worry, it’s still plenty rich and satisfying while also being cool and refreshing–which is a good thing, because we’ve got to find a way to deal with this heat!
And thank you fresh strawberries for a great spring season. Now bring on the peaches and blueberries! (Who says I’m fickle? I’m just a realist!)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt*
3-4 strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 Tablespoon strawberry jam
1 cup ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients to a blender in the order listed, adding the ice cubes last. Blend for 30 seconds, or until everything is well mixed. If you want a thicker frappe, add more ice; if you want a thinner frappe, add more milk. Pour the frappe into a glass and top with whipped cream, if desired.
Makes 1 frappe.
*For a richer frappe, add vanilla ice cream instead of Greek yogurt.
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