Ice Cream Sundays: Fresh Strawberry Sauce

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For this week’s ice cream treat –silky strawberry sauce poured over vanilla ice cream. A sprinkle of chocolate chips or some crumbled graham crackers adds a bit of crunch.

This recipe actually began 3 weeks ago when we hit up the local strawberry patch. Our harvest was cleaned, dried, hulled, and frozen just for a recipe like this. My little gals helped in every step of the process, but I’m pretty sure they enjoyed digging into these ice cream treats the best!

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Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Makes 1 ¾ cups

3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries.
¼ cup vanilla sugar*
½ cup water
Juice of ½ a lemon

Place ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir; bring to a boil. Reduced heat to a simmer and cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until berries are soft. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Info Per 2 Tablespoons: Calories: 24; Total Fat: 0 gram; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Protein: 0 grams; Sodium: 0 milligrams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Fiber: 1 gram

*To make vanilla sugar, place split vanilla beans in a large container of granulated sugar.
Regular granulated sugar can be used in its place for this recipe.

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