STRAWBERRIES AND WALNUTS ON MAPLE SYRUP CARAMELIZED TOAST

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Ages ago, when I still was Swedish and not living in this expat limbo, I used to think that there were nothing more iconic of Swedish summer than strawberries and that Sweden had a special claim on them in some strange way. How ignorant I was, how limited was my mind. Now, when I have got rid of at least a part of those nationalistic notions that I think limits us so much to see and embrace the rest of the world (I’m sure I still have a lot of them down somewhere in the recesses of my mind but at least I feel a bit freer now), I see the strawberry as a food that unites many cultures in their love and appreciation of it. (I’m sorry my language is so contorted but it is complicated to write about these kind of things in the morning). Not everyone but almost everyone likes strawberries (I know this for a fact, that not everyone likes them I mean because 2 out 3 of my children are not crazy about them which leaves the total family score 3-2 to the strawberries).

Strawberries

Right now I indulge in strawberries, I buy them and we eat and eat. Mostly me I suspect but I can’t help that they leave them around and I have to finish them before they go bad, don’t I? But it can be a bit boring to just eat them the way they are so sometimes I actually make something with them. Here I used maple syrup which was a great choice because it has this slightly burnt flavour that is so subtle but still there and that goes very well with the fresh strawberries.

Strawberries and Walnuts on Maple Syrup Caramelized Toast

STRAWBERRIES AND WALNUTS ON MAPLE SYRUP CARAMELIZED TOAST

500 g/1,1 lb strawberries
a handful of walnuts
slices of white bread
maple syrup
lime or lemon
butter, slightly salted

– Clean and cut the strawberries into pieces, chop the walnuts and add to the strawberries.
– Add a couple of table spoons of maple syrup and a squeeze of lime to the strawberries and leave to marinate while you proceed with the recipe.
– Cut the bread slices into smaller pieces if they are large, well you can make them as small or big as you like, I made small ones because I just wanted the bread to accompany the strawberries.
– Heat up 1 tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan and then add 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup and let it cook until it has become sticky, it takes only a few minutes, and then ‘fry’ the bread in it on both sides.
– Put the toast on a plate and then spoon on a good amount of the strawberry-walnut mix. Serve.

Strawberries and Walnuts on Maple Syrup Caramelized Toast

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