Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sweetie - fruity

Photography by Donna Samonte

My childhood friend asked me if I have a recipe for jams and jellies. Luckily, I still have the recipe in my mind that my HS teacher had thought us for strawberry jam.

I'm not so fond with jams and jellies but my kids are, most especially when added in peanut butter sandwich....mmmm....sounds yum! =)

And btw, one of the most yummiest jams I've ever tasted is made by Mariton's mother-in-law Shirley...wish I can have some more! Hehehe.....

Strawberry Jam

2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
4 cups sugar
1 pck dry pectin
3/4 cup water

Wash and hull strawberries. Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let it stand for about 30 minutes.

Boil water in low heat, stir pectin into water for 1 minute. Pour and stir pectin mixture with strawberries, mixing it well.

Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken, stirring it occasionally.

Pour your fruit jam into storage bottles and let it stand for 24 hrs, covering the bottles with tight lids.

Monday, December 8, 2008

I rarely bake...

Photography by Donna Samonte

I'm not really good with baking to be really honest, I'm always fascinated when I see bakers knead breads, decorate a cake and what not. Sometimes, I'm gutsy to bake but just the simple ones and here's one of those. A strawberry cake, since I love strawberries...simple, yummy and not too sweet.

Strawberry Cake

12 pcs fresh plump strawberries
1/4 cup strawberry jam
1 bx cake mix
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 large kraft cool whip
1 bx confectioner's sugar


Mash 8 pcs strawberries in pie plate with a potato masher, sprinkle with sugar and water then add strawberry jam and 2 pcs thinly sliced strawberries. Set aside, stirring occasionally to make juicy while preparing cake.

Bake white cake according to package directions. While cake is in the oven, combine confectioner's sugar and cool whip for the icing.

When cake is ready, let it cool down then turn layer out of pan onto cake dish with bottom side up. Spoon strawberry mixture onto cake allowing juice to seep into cake and add layer of strawberries. Then spoon icing over layer and smooth gently, do another layer with same procedure. Smooth icing on sides of cake, leaving remainder for top.

Refrigerate before serving.