Father’s Day is just around the corner, so today we’re celebrating Dad with a special #SundaySupper event. Tempura Strawberries with Chocolate Orange Dipping Sugar is an updated take on my Dad’s favorite dessert.
My dad’s all time favorite dessert was strawberry shortcake. Sadly, Dad is no longer with us, but I still love making true strawberry shortcakes (with a biscuit, not cake). I considered making strawberry shortcake for today’s #SundaySupper, but wanted to share my new favorite strawberry recipe, Tempura Strawberries, with you instead.
I’ll say right off the bat that this was a really hard recipe to photograph. Admittedly, Tempura Strawberries are not nearly as pretty as bright-red, vine-ripened strawberries in all their natural glory. Although it’s not the most beautiful dish of all-time, please don’t let that stop you from giving it a go.
I have to give credit to my son and Cook’s Illustrated for this recipe. My son enjoys cooking and is a big fan of Cooks Illustrated. Whenever he’s going to make dinner he peruses the magazine and website to find something new to try. One day he decided to make the CI recipe for Shrimp Tempura. He tempura’d (is that a verb?) shrimp, calamari, pea pods and green beans. It was delicious. The coating was super crisp and thin, as it should be for a good tempura.
When he was done frying the stuff for dinner he had some batter left over. What to do? Well, tempura some fruit for dessert, of course! We had bananas in the house and also some strawberries we’d gotten in our farm share the day before. The bananas were good, but the strawberries were a-maz-ing! The berries don’t really cook in the coating, they just warm up and become super juicy. Have you ever eaten strawberries still warm from the sun? That’s what Tempura Strawberries taste like.
I’ve changed the batter for the coating a little bit from the original recipe. I use cake flour instead of a mixture of all purpose flour and corn starch. I also added a little sugar and salt to perk up the flavor of the coating just a bit. We serve Tempura Strawberries with chocolate orange dipping sugar, but they would be fabulous with ice cream too.
The Cook’s Illustrated tempura recipe has vodka in the batter along with seltzer water. Gluten, the protein that makes baked good stretchy and firm, is formed when flour and water are mixed. By replacing some of the water with vodka you’ll lessen the gluten formation and end up with a super light and crisp tempura coating. I always have a large bottle of cheap vodka around because I use it for painting food coloring onto decorated cakes. If you don’t have vodka available or don’t like to use alcohol you can use all seltzer instead.
Happy Father’s day to my husband (the world’s greatest dad) and all the other great dad’s out there. If you don't have vodka or don't like to use alcohol, use 1 cup of seltzer water instead of a 1/2 cup of each.
Make Dipping Sugar
Fry the strawberries
If you don't have vodka or don't like to use alcohol, use 1 cup of seltzer water instead of a 1/2 cup of each.
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