Homemade Strawberry Fromage Frais
There is an absolutely gorgeous fruit picking farm near us called Hendrewennol. Every year we head down there to pick strawberries and raspberries and other fruit and it has become a bit of a family tradition. This half term we headed over there to pick the first of the year's strawberries and it was Baby S's first time joining us! He came last year of course but he was too small to pick strawberries, but this year he got stuck right in! It is so special keeping a tradition going and watch the littlest take part in an activity we have seen his two bigger sisters do over the years.
With your third baby it is bittersweet ticking off those 'first' milestones. There is the feeling that you won't do any of this again. You'll never teach a baby to walk again or to say Mummy. Of course you have all the usual milestones and firsts - crawling, walking, talking, but there are so many more. It makes me feel particularly emotional to take Baby S to do things that we have taken his sisters to do before him. It is like watching time fall through your fingers like sand. It feels like only yesterday we first went to pick strawberries with Bean, and I can remember leaving JB in her pram at the end of the strawberry field while I picked strawberries with her big sister, and the next year taking her on her reigns to pick strawberries herself. So once again I found myself repeating this tradition, but for the first time with Baby S.
The children usually go mad with their picking and we come home with far too many strawberries to eat so we usually make something from them, be it jam or ice cream or strawberry yoghurt. This year we made homemade strawberry fromage frais.
All three of my children have absolutely loved fromage frais. From 6 months it was one of their weaning foods and they still enjoy one fromage frais a day at least! I have always been concerned that my children don't eat too much sugar so I have always made fromage frais for them using natural fromage frais and fruit puree.
Simply wash and chop the heads off your strawberries. Pop them in a microwaveable bowl and add a little water. Heat for a minute or so until the fruit is soft.
Blend or mash the fruit depending on how much texture you want your fromage frais to have. We like ours smooth so I blitzed it in our Nutribullet. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then stir into your fromage frais.
No extra sugar is required as the fromage frais mixed with the sweet strawberries gives it a delicious delicate strawberry flavour. Perfect for your baby's first taste of strawberry.
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