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I'm head over heels in love with dried strawberries. (I'm sure my husband doesn't mind as I'm certain he loves cheese more than me anyway). I love Ina Garten's dried strawberry scones, but would like to think of something I can give away for the holidays. Scones don't stay yummy long enough. I'm thinking of a white chocolate or dark chocolate bark. Any other ideas? I'd love a cookie if you've got one. (no, literally... hand it over)

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  1. honestly? i've never been able to bring myself to use them in a recipe - i've always felt they were too delicious and valuable to enjoy in any other way besides eating out of hand!

    1. I put dried strawberries in my weekend oatmeal to make it extra special. (The weekday oatmeal has dried blueberries and cranberries.) So perhaps they would be good in oatmeal cookies?

      But I'm with GHG - I mostly just eat them plain. If you're very wealthy, you could just give everyone a little bag of dried strawberries...

      Anne

      1. Homemade strawberry granola.

        1. LOL.

          No. You're not getting my cookie!

          :-)

          I've used them in just about anything in which I use other dried fruits.

          Let's see, though. For a Christmas gift... I like the bark. Or you could do fudge. I've use a trail mix with dried strawberries in it, in muffins and quickbreads. I think that particular trail mix also has pistachios, sunflower seed, dried apricots. Could you make up a muffin, quickbread or scone mix for someone with the directions? I like chocolate chip cookies with cranberries, so, for your purposes, why not cookies with white chocolate chips or dark and the strawberries?

          I also sometimes use dried strawberries in a simple spinach salad. I don't know if that's wierd or not, but I like it. So I was wondering if there's some kind of vinaigrette kit you could put together? Strawberries are good with balsamic.

          It's hard to think of things that will keep for a while. If they were going to consume the gift right away, I could probably come up with some much better ideas.

          1. I add them to my muesli recipe and they go wonderfully.

            1. I love them straight out of the bag and in oatmeal too. A fun gift idea would be to make homemade pancake mix and include the dried strawberries in it. You could even package it with a cute red spatula. Or you could make mendiants (shaped kind of like a cookie!) and place a dried strawberry and candied orange peel on top of each one. It would be awesome to work a sweet balsamic glaze into the mix somehow. Here's a great recipe for mendiants from epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
              I skipped the tart mold approach and simply made small circles of the chocolate on a silpat and then added the dried fruit and nuts. Once cool, the chocolate circles popped right off the silpat.
              Phoo-D
              http://www.phoo-d.com

              1. saw this recipe today if you're still looking for ideas...

                http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/st...

                1. A friend of mine makes a German/Swiss style gingerbread,lebkuchen or leckerli its called in switzerland.
                  which actually has no ginger in it,she use's dried strawberries,with flaked almonds,and uses strawberry liqueur with the honey base,its baked and glazed with icing when it sets look like a marble finish.
                  Its so good nothing like it,its thick and soft keeps for months has no dairy fats and no added oils in it at ,all very clean special taste

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                  1. re: jettrink

                    That sounds really interesting. I love lebkuchen, not that I love the ginger alone but the textre as well. I'd love to have this recipe is you're willing to share it?
                    Sounds very good...please?

                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      chef chicklet or jettrink, any more information available on this?
                      Sounds so good, and different--I'd love to try something with dried strawberries.

                      Specifically, the leckerli jettrink mentions-- or maybe something like this?

                      http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/12/...

                      1. re: blue room

                        those fruitcake bars sound terrific! i'd sub the dried strawberries for a portion of the dates since they're so sweet.

                        oh, and this recipe might be a good starting point for your leckerli experiment...
                        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/le...

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Thanks! Chewy appeals to me more than drier biscotti/granola type things.
                          I've made those excellent fruit bars--they're just the sort of thing I like. It seems to me D. Lebovitz wrote (somewhere) that he notices there are chocolate people, and lemon people. With some overlap, of course. I know I'm always more interested in cherry pie than chocolate cake.

                  2. For a holiday gift, biscotti would keep. I've never used dried strawberries in them, but I have chopped up medleys of dried fruits and then added some chopped nuts. Pretty nice, if I do say so myself. ;-) Strawberries would be nice with slivered almonds and if you like you could dip half of the biscotti in white chocolate.

                    I love your white bark/dried strawberries idea, btw. I could whale out on that stuff. :-D

                    I'd love to have some dried strawberries in muffins, maybe combined with some diced dried apricots. I know they won't keep any longer than scones, but they'd make me happy while they lasted. :-D

                    1. I've cooked them down in a bit of symple syrup and strawberry liquer (quality's important here) and then added a shot of balsamic and put it in jars for an ice-cream sauce or as a cake topping.

                      1. Mixed with dried nuts and some dark chocolate squares would make a lovely gift! I'd be happy to supply my PO Box :)

                        1. How about a homemade + festive "trail mix" with dried strawberries, almonds, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips & toasted oats or frosted mini-wheats?

                          Or you could make homemade oatmeal in a mason jar - oats, a dash of brown sugar, a pinch of salt, a bit of cinnamon, and the dried strawberries. Gift it dry, with instructions for cooking tied to the lid with jute twine. If you need a taste tester, I'm available! :-)

                          1. Ihave a recipe from Serious Eats
                            "White Chocolate Bark with Fresh Mint, Almonds, and dried Berries".
                            It is delicious and very easy to prepare. I have done several variations on the original recipe.
                            I use 16 oz. good white chocolate chopped
                            15 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade
                            25 - 30 or more pieces of dried berries
                            1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

                            I layed out the dry ingrediants on a silpat mat (wax paper works too) on top of a cookie sheet.
                            Melted the chocolate in a double boiler, and poured it over the berries, nuts, and mint.
                            refrigerate for 2 hours , then break into pieces.

                            variations
                            dark chocolate with orange zest, apricots,cranberries, & nuts.