Ingredients: Per 4 servings
- 1 lb strawberries, large
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 lemon
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 4 slices sandwich bread
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ oz butter
- 2 oz almonds
- 2 tablespoons lemon and orange zests, candied
Carefully wash the strawberries, then drain and dry well.
Using a knife, remove the stalks. Transfer strawberries to a small saucepan. Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger, grated lemon rind and clove.
Then add the white wine and stir over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
Remove the pan from the heat and drain the strawberries, reserving the liquid.
Place the bread slices in four oven-save baking dishes that are just slightly larger than a slice of bread. Alternatively, you can use one dish, arranging the bread slices next to one another.
Pour the reserved liquid on the bread and arrange the strawberries on top.
Sprinkle with the remaining sugar, shopped almonds, cubed candied fruit and thin slices of butter. Broil the strawberries in the oven until they have caramelized on top.
Strawberries have always been considered to be quite delicious and their sweet flavor has been praised in various Latin texts. Since ancient times, this red berry has been believed to be an aphrodisiac and associated with love stories. According to one legend, the first strawberries grew out of the tears of Venus, the goddess of love, who was crying over the loss of her love, Adonis. Centuries later, in the court of Louis XIV, the King of France, it seems as though ladies would seduce the knights of the court by tossing strawberries at them. The ladies would also eat strawberries paired with the newly invented Chantilly cream.
Did you known that...
The strawberry is not the fruit of the strawberry plant? The actual fruit of the strawberry plant are the small yellow seeds that cover the outside of the berries and are called achenes.
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