Monin Strawberry Syrup
Monin Strawberry Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
There is something so quintessentially English about strawberries that its hard to believe that the sweet, fragrant fruits we enjoy so much were first bred in Brittany in France. Some of our most treasured traditions centre around strawberries: tennis at Wimbledon wouldnt be the same without the combination of strawberries and cream, but there are plenty of other traditions worldwide which involve these sumptuous berries.
The classic, fruity flavour is perfectly captured in Monin Strawberry Syrup.
Sweet through the centuries
Roman literature mentions the use of strawberries and at the time it was believed that they could cure everything from sore throats, fevers and fainting to depression and kidney stones. Its easy to see why who wouldnt feel better with a bowl of freshly picked strawberries to soothe their ailments? It was the French who first began cultivating the wild woodland strawberries that were so sought-after and growing them in their gardens to provide them with a reliable harvest as early as the 14th century.
Charles V, King of France, had more than a thousand strawberry plants in his garden and by the 15th century, monks were incorporating wild strawberries into their illuminated manuscripts. James I was also a fan of the fruit and the 15th century saw the strawberry become a popularly procured element of royal banquets where hosts used them to demonstrate their wealth among the guests - strawberries were much sought-after, both for their sweet flavour and their relative scarcity.
The Tudors and the Stuarts were huge fans of the Alpine strawberry which grew wild in the hedgerows and in woodlands. By 1625, Sir Francis Bacon had joined the legions of strawberry-lovers, although it was the leaves he was interested in, describing their scent as an excellent, cordial smell.
Wimbledon served strawberries and cream back in 1877 at their first ever tennis tournament. Back then, they were delivered via the railway network which had revolutionised the transportation system and today they are still picked at 4am each morning and then delivered fresh to the stadium by 11am, with more than 140,000 servings consumed every year.
Strawberries around the world
Although for many, the strawberry is a quintessentially British flavour, there are many other countries that associate strawberries with some of their most beloved traditions. The Strawberry Museum in Namur is proof of their importance in Belgian culture, featuring everything strawberry-flavoured including classics such as their range of jams, alongside more unusual fare like strawberry beer.
In France, strawberries are thought to embody romance so they are often included in wedding breakfasts and fed to newlyweds in the form of a sweet, creamy strawberry soup. In Mexico, strawberries and cream, or Fresas con crema, is one of the nations favourite dishes and can be found at ice cream parlours across the country and even frozen in portions at supermarkets.
Strawberries are also popular in the Philippines, where they are used to make a strawberry syrup which is used in the popular snack food taho. The combination of silken tofu, sago pearls and the sweet strawberry syrup are a popular one which is sold all over the country.
The popularity of strawberries around the world has seen the annual production of the fruit increase to more than 9 million tonnes and, with 41% of the market, China is currently the leading producer and exporter of strawberries for the international market.
Strawberries in horticulture
Despite their name, strawberries are not true berries like blueberries or even grapes, because the botanical definition of a berry requires the seeds to be on the inside of the fruit. A strawberry has an outer skin covered in seeds, each of which is considered its own fruit as far as botanists are concerned, and
Strawberry plants are perennial and once planted will bear fruit for years, propagating themselves by sending out runners.
The taste of strawberries compliments a variety of different flavours and works with every meal. From livening up even the most virtuous breakfast cereals to adding a dash of something sweet and special to a cup of coffee, a splash of Monin strawberry syrup is the perfect way to give your taste-buds a treat.
The classic combination of strawberries and cream makes a welcome addition to a variety of dishes and adding a splash of Monin strawberry syrup to a whipped cream dispenser is a really easy way to get the classic flavour combination in seconds. Squirted on pancakes, stirred into a hot chocolate or used to top a bowl of fresh fruit, there are so many ways to enjoy this classic pairing, but this recipe is something a little different.
Strawberry cheesecake bars
For the base:
150g of digestive biscuits
2 tablespoons of sugar
100g of butter, melted
For the topping:
115g of sugar
400g of cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
60ml of milk
200ml of cream
Whipped cream dispenser
1. Preheat the oven to 170° and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment or tin foil, greased with butter or oil.
2. Put the digestive biscuits into a food processor and blend until they are smooth crumbs, then combine with the butter and sugar and press into the base on the tin.
3. Bake the base for 5-8 minutes or until it has started to darken slightly, then leave aside to cool.
4. Add the sugar to the cream cheese and beat together until smooth, then stir in the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
5. Spread the mixture over the base and bake for 25-30 minutes.
6. Let it cool for at least half an hour, then cut into squares. Drizzle with strawberry syrup and top with a fresh strawberry.
7. Add the cream and 50ml of Monin strawberry syrup to a whipped cream dispenser, and screw on the top Put the cream charger into the charger holder with the thin end facing outward, and screw the charger holder onto the dispenser. Shake the dispenser for a few seconds, flip it upside down, and add a generous swirl of whipped cream to the top of each cheesecake bar before serving.
This recipe is a delicious twist on a traditional flavour pairing and is the perfect way to make strawberries and cream into a truly decadent dish.