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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Strawberry Lemonade & Strawberry Lemonade with Truvia

It is nice to put my kitchen to use for things other than brownies, cupcakes, blondies and cookies sometimes. Those are definitely the most common things to come out of my oven. Sweet, chocolately, caramelly, peanut buttery goodies. And while they are always appreciated and devoured, sometimes making something completely different is a nice, welcomed change.

In comes Strawberry Lemonade. It's not served warm straight from the oven and smothered in vanilla ice cream like many of our other favorites, but I knew it would be warmly received in my house. The entire one and a half quarts of it was gone in about two days. Perfectly sweet and tart and very refreshing.

I've made one full recipe, but divided it in half and prepared it two ways: One - standard (see the Sweet Melissa Baking Book page 85 or visit Jessica of My Baking Heart for the recipe), and Two - with Truvia Natural Sweetener substituted for sugar. I even conducted a blind taste test with the two recipes.

How do I know how much Truvia I need to replace the Sugar called for in my recipe?
1 tsp of sugar = 1/2 packet of truvia (or 3/8 tsp truvia)
2 tsp sugar = 1 packet of truvia (3/4 tsp)
1 tblspn sugar = 1 1/2 packets truvia (1 1/4 tsp)
1/2 c sugar = 12 packets (3 tblspn + 3/4 tsp)
For a full conversion chart for Truvia to Sugar, see Truvia's website HERE.

Sugar-Free Strawberry Lemonade made with Truvia
makes about 3/4 of a quart, adapted from Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Ingredients for truvia strawberry sauce
1/2 a pint of fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1 1/2 packets of truvia (or 1 1/4 tsp of Truvia)
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cold water

In a food processor, blend the berries, truvia, lemon juice and water until smooth. Strain it into a bowl, cover it and refrigerate.

Ingredients for Truvia strawberry lemonade
12 packets truvia
1/2 cup very hot water
1/2 up freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/4 cup cold water
1 recipe of truvia strawberry sauce (above)

Combine 9 packets of truvia and the very hot water and stir until the truvia has dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water.
Add the truvia strawberry sauce and stir to combine. Add additional truvia to taste (I added 3 more packets at this point).

So, on to the TASTE TEST... you're really curious right?

I poured Daniel two glasses and made him guess which was which. He said he could tell which was the Truvia, but that he actually liked it BETTER. Then I made him pour me two glasses and I had to guess which was which. And I guessed wrong every time. So... its a success!

Make sure to visit Jessica's blog, My Baking Heart to see this week's recipe from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book. And check out the blogroll to see how the lemonade came out for all the rest of the bakers!


Unknown said...

What fun! Isn't it great when you can find a substitute like that where you can't even tell the difference? Your lemonade looks awesome - I liked this one too!

Susan said...

Your lemonade looks delicious! I haven't tried Truvia yet. But, after reading your post, I might just give it a try.

Cristine said...

Your lemonade looks refreshing and it is good to know Truvia is just as good!

Julie said...

I love trying substitutions and trying to figure out which is which! Love you glasses!

Mara Campbell said...

That is great about the substitute! I've been hearing about it but had mixed results baking with a sugar substitute. Glad to hear it went well with the lemonade!!

Nina said...

Wow, that's great! The substitute sounds justs as good as the real thing!

Candy said...

Looks great! I love that you used Truvia - gtreat idea.

Lulu the Baker said...

Blind taste tests are so hard! And the results are always a surprise.

erin said...

Wow! that looks soooo good! But I think I would try my SweetLeaf stevia with it! Thanks!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Thanks for 'making' along with me this week!! ;) I love Truvia - glad the drink was a hit!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

They were sampling Truvia at my local Publix several months ago and the lady gave me about 50 of those packets so I could use them to bake with. I never did. Joe used them for his coffee. No compliants from him so they must have been good.

That strawberry lemonade sounds refreshing. Perfect for when the weather starts heating up again!

Smitten Sugar said...

Your lemonade looks amazing!

I'm passing a blog award along to you. ;) Stop by my blog to find out about it.

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Your lemonade looks so pretty and refreshing too. I'll have to give Truvia a try soon too.

Kerstin said...

Strawberry lemonade is my favorite summer drink and yours looks great!


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