The season's been over a long time now. But Sig chose this fruit over all others after the season was over. At least here in India. And when there are so many fresh fruits available in the markets (and on the roadside), I really didn't feel like picking up a can of litchi. The markets are lined with melons, peaches, pears of all varieties and apples, so I stock up on those and bring them with me in my "fruit box".
This is one of the reasons I love summer. Let me rephrase that. This is one of the sights I love during summer. This picture was taken when S and I were on a weekend trip to Mussoorie. These litchies were huge and the seed inside was almost non existent. What more can one ask for?
Season or no season, we always Litchi Crush at home. This way, we can savour the flavour of the fruit long after the season has ended. So, I thought I could use that. Sig did allow it, so why not? But apart from using it as a mixer for vodka, or just making juice, I'd never done anything with the crush.
When I was researching for the AFAM Orange event, I came across lots of recipes that called for orange sauce. So I decided to make a Litchi sauce. I must admit I don't even remember where I came across this recipe. I didn't bookmark it because what I wanted to make for the event didn't require orange sauce.
1/2 cup Water
2 tsp Cornflour
2 tablespoons Icing sugar
2 tbsp Litchi Crush
Mix the corn flour with a little cold water. Add this mixture to the water and sugar. Allow this to boil for 5 minutes. Add the crush and blend.
Depending on the consistency you want, spreading or pouring, you can alter the water and cornflour ratio.
I am fairly certain that I can pour my sauce over pancakes and give myself a little treat instead of using the usual maple syrup. But do come back tomorrow to see what I really did with this Litchi Sauce. I haven't made pancakes yet, so I haven't yet tried that. Keep guessing. I'll be back.
Needless to say, this is my first entry to the A Fruit A Month (AFAM) event hosted by Sig of Live to Eat. Considering the fact that we just finished birthday week with loads of sweetmeats, I was fairly certain that a certain someone would either leave or make me leave. But he had a little surprise waiting on the table when he got home. And he asked for seconds before I could ask how it was. So, there... I had my answer.