Sunday, February 21, 2010
SMS: Strawberry Lemonade
Neither the rainy weather we’re having in Northern California nor the not-quite-ripe strawberries I found at Whole Foods were exactly convincing me it was the perfect day to make this week’s Sweet Melissa Sundays selection, Strawberry Lemonade. I skipped last week, though, and I love lemonade and it looked quick to put together, so I went ahead and made it. The recipe instructed to stir the sugar and hot water together, but on the Problems & Questions section of the Sweet Melissa site, Tracey suggested making a simple syrup. I figured it was a lot “simpler” to let the ingredients sit on the stovetop on low for a few minutes rather than whisk furiously to get the sugar to dissolve.
The recipe is from the “After School Snacks” section of the Sweet Melissa Baking Book; coupled with the brownie bites I received from Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook for the February round of Secret Baker, the lemonade did make an excellent afternoon snack. Despite the dreary weather, I managed to go on a long run today and it’s nice to have a refreshing beverage around. I thought the lemonade was a little on the sweet side, so I cut it with some sparkling water and it’s quite good that way. I also think it might be nice spiked with some vodka or limoncello. I rated this recipe a 7 for Deliciousness and gave it a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 2.8. Many thanks to Jessica of My Baking Heart for a break from baking this weekend. You can find the recipe here on her site and visit the SMS blogroll to see what the other bakers thought of this treat.