Hello everyone, Jess here.
I was feeling a little adventurous today. As I looked through my Winter CSA inventory, I remembered the cream soda, and before you know it, it began to feel like one of those food reality shows where they have you being all unconventional with your ingredients…. Read on to see what I mean.
I have loved getting containers of Tower Soda in the share box. During my weekly summer picnics with the boys at Springdell, one of my favorite things is to grab a soda at the farmstand counter before unfurling the picnic blanket. I’m not generally a soda drinker, but if I’m doing it, this soda makes it worth the splurge. For those that might not drink a lot of soda in their home, I offer this alternative use of an otherwise enjoyable beverage.
I emptied a bottle of my Tower Cream Soda into a small saucepan and brought it to a boil (this is tricky because it was a bit difficult at first to distinguish boiling bubbles from fizzy soda bubbles).After a while, the boil became more obvious and I turned the heat down to a simmer. After about half an hour, the liquid was reduced to a little less than 1/2 cup.
Maybe another 10 minutes or so it reduced to about 1/4 cup and began to thicken when removed from the heat. It had a concentrated sweetness and subtle cream soda flavor.
I used the syrup to make glazed roasted parsnips, in lieu of maple syrup glaze. It was a deliciously welcome change to a traditional dish!
Some of the syrup was delicious over our share box tangerines. My younger son was dubious when he saw me drizzling the brownish substance onto the slices, but after one “no thank you” bite he wound up eating the whole tangerine for his dessert.
I had a bit of heavy cream left over from a creamed cabbage dish. When you have too much heavy cream laying around, whipped cream is always a nice way to ensure it doesn’t waste. In this case, in lieu of sugar I mixed the cream soda syrup into the partially whipped heavy cream before returning to a whip. The result was a cream soda flavored whipped cream. I dolloped it over a cup of Apple Pie in a Jar. Yum yum and more yum!
I hope you enjoy this unique use of a unique farm stand product!