Simon Hulstone's remarkable strawberry and elderflower dessert recipe is sure to test out your store cupboard, as some of the ingredients may be slightly tricky to find. In terms of dessert recipes, though, it is a must-try; a strawberry and elderflower dish with a difference.
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Place the chopped strawberries into a bowl with the lemon juice, vanilla, sugar and water. Place the bowl over a bain-marie and leave for 20 minutes
300g of strawberries, hulled and quartered
50ml of lemon juice
50g of sugar
100ml of water
1 vanilla pod
Pass through a fine sieve, but do not push through the mx and allow as much of the clear liquid to drip through as possible. allow to cool and store in the fridge until needed
To make the "pillow", soak 2 leaves of gelatine in cold water until soft. Heat up 200ml of the strawberry juice mixture, once hot melt the gelatine into the liquid. Pour into a mixing bowl and whisk, over ice, until the mixture starts to cool, set and expand. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form
2 gelatine leaves
Pour the mixture into a piping bag and fill the semi-circle moulds. Smooth off the tops then place in the freezer until frozen
For the elderflower crème, place the cream, milk, elderflower cordial, sugar, egg yolks and agar agar into a thermomix and bring up to 81°C
375ml of cream
110ml of milk
40ml of elderflower cordial
180g of egg yolk
2g of agar agar
Once it reaches 81°C, add the soaked silver leaf gelatine then pass through a sieve into a bowl. Pour into the lined moulds and set in fridge until needed
2 silver gelatine leaves
Mix the lemon zest with the mascarpone cheese and sugar, spoon into a piping bag and store in the fridge until needed
20g of mascarpone
35g of sugar
Mix the freeze-dried strawberry, yoghurt, raspberry and popping candy in a bowl to make a crumb
10g of freeze-dried strawberries
10g of freeze-dried raspberries
10g of freeze-dried yoghurt
10g of popping candy
Remove the strawberry "pillow" from the freezer. Using a melon baller, scoop out some of the middle, then fill the hole with the mascarpone mixture. Return to the fridge
Pop the mascarpone-filled strawberry pillows out of the moulds and stick them together to make a ball, repeat to make 3 more. Roll each ball until evenly coated and set aside
Cut the fresh strawberries into a 1/2cm dice and mix with a little of the remaining strawberry juice from step 1 and set aside
50g of strawberries, hulled and chopped
Remove the elderflower cremes from the moulds and place in the centre of each bowl. Place the ball on top of the crème, then spoon around the diced strawberries and juice. Scatter with some sweet cicely and serve
5g of sweet cicely
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