4 cups sliced strawberries
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 pint heavy cream, whipped (or firm yogurt, nonfat OK, stirred until smooth)
Place the strawberries in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes, until fruit looks like soup. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
Without washing, use same saucepan for this step. Combine the cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice in pan and whisk until uniform.
Pour still-hot strawberry soup back into cornstarch mixture, whisking continuously. Return pan to stove and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until thick. (This should take about 5 minutes.) Remove from heat and stir in the lemon rind.
Transfer mixture back to same bowl strawberries were in; cool to room temperature. Puree until smooth in a food processor or blender and return to bowl. Cover tightly and chill until cold.
Fold in the whipped cream or yogurt and serve.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
— Recipe from "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest," by Mollie Katzen.