Perhaps my ideal summer weather conditions; warm but not stifling with a cool breeze.
Take a punnet of strawberries, remove the leaves and cut into quarters.
Add 100ml of elderflower cordial to the fruit, stir and set aside.
Meanwhile softly whip 300ml of double cream and add the seeds from a vanilla pod and 1 tablespoon of icing sugar.
Make a batch of meringues (as per the recipe above) but use golden caster sugar instead of white.
Break the meringue into pieces and fold into the cream.
Serve the cream and meringue mixture alongside the strawberries and drizzle any remaining elderflower syrup (which by now will be stained pink) over the dessert.
Dust with a little icing sugar and garnish with edible flowers like nasturtiums or lavender.
At least it isn’t raining. Well if we can’t have any sunshine outside we can attempt to put some on the plate.
Make a batch of meringues (as per the recipe above) but make them small and as round as you can, they should be heaped teaspoon size.
Finely dice a punnet of strawberries. Place them in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon, 6 shredded basil leaves and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper. Set aside until you’re ready to serve.
Put a layer of the strawberry mixture at the bottom of each dish.
Add a couple of spoonfuls of greek yoghurt and then add the mini meringues.
Finish with a garnish of passionfruit and a basil leaf.
I think that distinctive smell of summer rain is rather nice and surprisingly the combination of Cointreau, orange zest and dark chocolate in this recipe brings out a similar fragrance.
Prepare a punnet of strawberries by removing the stalks and cut each one in half.
Place the strawberries in a bowl and add 50ml of Cointreau (or another orange liqueur, if you’re prefer not to use alcohol try using the same quantity of freshly squeezed orange juice) leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile mix 250g of mascarpone with the zest of 1 large orange and a teaspoon of icing sugar and place in the fridge.
Melt 100g of dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Place a meringue or large pieces of meringue on each plate and top with the mascarpone mixture. Pile the strawberries on top and drizzle the whole thing with the melted chocolate.
Garnish with more orange zest and serve.
This recipe is similar to cranachan so change out of those soaked shoes, wrap a towel round your hair and pretend you live in a magnificent Scottish castle; then who cares if it’s raining!
Toast 50g of rolled oats in a non-stick pan. You don’t want to heat them for too long; just warm them through until they start to smell like flapjack
Tip the oats into a bowl and add 50ml of whiskey and a tablespoon of honey. If you don’t want to use whiskey omit the oats to and use your favourite granola instead and skip step 1)
Remove the stalks from a half a punnet of strawberries and arrange whole on dishes (cut side down) with a punnet of raspberries.
Whip double cream until thick (careful not to over do it) and fold in 1 quantity of meringue (see recipe above) broken into pieces.
Then add the oat mixture to the cream, don’t fully mix it in, you want to get a marbled effect and then add this to the fruit.
Drizzle with some extra honey and serve.
This is supposed to be summer! What’s going on?! Never fear, seek comfort in a bowl of rice pudding…and a little brandy.
Make a batch of meringues (as per the recipe above) and break into shards.
Heat 100g of short grain/pudding rice or Arborio rice in a pan over a medium heat with 600ml milk, the seeds of a vanilla pod and 1 tablespoon of sugar, stir regularly until the rice is soft and creamy.
Take a punnet of strawberries and remove the stalks and cut each one in half.
Place the strawberries in a pan with 100ml of brandy, (reserve 1 or 2 strawberries uncooked for decoration) heat gently until the strawberries are soft and the liquid is red. Take of the heat, taste and add a little caster sugar and/or more brandy if needed.
To serve, place a large spoonful of the rice pudding in the centre of the plate, top with the meringue and then strawberry compote allowing the brandy syrup to flow into the rice pudding. Finish with a fresh strawberry and serve.