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Frozen Strawberries For Crumble

Asked by ManxGill. Answered on 7th April 2020

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I have lots of frozen strawberries and wondered if they could be used once defrosted instead of fresh strawberries in the Strawberry And Almond Crumble? Thank you.

Strawberry and Almond Crumble
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Strawberry and Almond Crumble
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Our answer

Nigella's Strawberry And Almond Crumble (from KITCHEN) is a wonderful recipe for hard, underripe strawberries as they soften and sweeten in the oven. It is also a good recipe for frozen strawberries. The main problem with frozen strawberries is that their texture turns mushy when they thaw and this can be slightly unpleasant when they are cold. However if cooked in a crumble this will not be a problem as they need to soften slightly.

We would suggest that you actually cook the strawberries in the crumble direct from frozen as this tends to help the texture slightly. The cooking time is likely to be the same but you may want to allow an extra 5 minutes in the oven, just in case. You could also use the frozen strawberries for Nigella's Strawberry Ice Cream. Sprinkle the frozen strawberries with the sugar and then let them defrost overnight in the fridge. They will puree easily and fortunately it is possible to thaw and re-freeze the strawberries in this particular case.


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