No Sugar Needed Lemonade Recipe

Homemade strawberry/apple-mint lemonade, with no sugar needed. 🙂

This is the easiest lemonade I’ve ever made.  Here is what I added together:

1 quart water
juice from 3 lemons
5-6 strawberries, sliced and mashed with a mortar and pestle
5-6 sprigs of apple mint (a unique variety of mint with a sweet, apple-like taste), leaves removed from stems and mashed with a mortar and pestle

That’s it!  Just mix it all together and serve over ice! It is naturally sweet and needs no additional sweeteners. 🙂

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Panna Cotta Strawberry Tartlets

One of my favorite easy desserts to make is panna cotta.  My grandmother taught me how to make it, and it is the easiest dessert ever.  I had a bunch of fresh strawberries from my garden, and wanted to make an extra special dessert with them.

When some people cook or bake, they like the regime of following a recipe or baking from a mix.  To me, that just is not any fun.  Part of the fun of cooking and baking for me is experimenting with my own recipes and seeing how my experiments come out.  I wanted to make a unique little strawberry pie, but not in the traditional sense.  I searched through recipes, and did not find anything that stood out to me.  I decided to try making a combination of a mini pie and panna cotta.  It is definitely our new favorite dessert!

For the pie crust, I started by referencing Martha Stewart’s recipe here.  This was my first pie crust I’ve ever made, so I figured I should get an idea of where to start.  I had a few ideas for modifications though that I added myself, and the result will now be my secret pie crust recipe. 🙂

I stumbled upon this video showing how to make fresh homemade butter.  I know fresh butter isn’t necessary for baking, but I am convinced that it made the extra bit of difference to make this crust extra amazing.  I was so excited with the results that I just had to order her book, and absolutely love it.

For the panna cotta, I had to find a recipe online since my cookbooks are not unpacked yet (with my grandmother’s recipe in them).  Panna cotta is so simple though, pretty much any recipe you use will taste amazing.  The secret is using the best quality vanilla extract you can find.

I finished it all off with freshly sliced strawberries from our garden!

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