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Strawberry and elderflower fraisiers

by Rukmini Iyer
Strawberry and elderflower fraisiers

Strawberry and elderflower fraisiers

  • Dessert
  • medium
  • 4
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, plus setting time

PT1H30M

Why not try?

This French pâtisserie classic is the perfect late summer dessert. Traditionally made with a vanilla mousse and soft genoise sponge base, here, it’s given an English twist with a crisp, buttery shortbread base acting as a lovely textural contrast to an elderflower mousse. They’re perfect for a make-ahead dinner party dessert, and can be carefully transported outside if you’re looking to inspire picnic-envy at the park or an outdoor event. You can go one step further and use homemade shortbread and elderflower cordial in the mousse for a really special occasion. Metal ring moulds are readily available in good cookware shops and are a good investment for mini cheesecakes, Victoria sponges or other French pâtisserie classics.

You will need: 4 x 6.5cm-7cm metal pastry rings

Ingredients

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1
To make the biscuit base, place the biscuits in a bowl and crush with a rolling pin, or alternatively blitz in a food processor for a few seconds until the mixture resembles fine sand. Melt the butter and stir through the crushed biscuits until evenly incorporated
2
Place the food rings on a small tray, lined with greaseproof paper. Divide the biscuit mixture into four and press down well into the base of the food rings in an even layer. Place the tray in the freezer while you make the mousse
3
For the elderflower mousse, begin by soaking the gelatine in cold water. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it just comes to the boil
4
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and elderflower cordial together in a small bowl. Remove the milk from the boil, and slowly whisk it into the egg yolk mixture until fully incorporated
5
Sieve the mixture back into the saucepan and heat for 2 minutes, stirring continuously until thickened. Squeeze out the gelatine leaves and whisk them thoroughly into the hot custard. Set the custard aside for a few minutes to cool
6
Remove the frozen biscuit bases from the freezer and carefully place a layer of strawberries around the inside edge of each ring mould, cut-side facing outwards
7
In a large bowl, whisk the double cream into soft peaks. Take a spoonful of the cream and combine it thoroughly with the custard, then gently fold the remaining double cream through the custard until it is smoothly incorporated, but without knocking all the air out of the double cream
8
Gently spoon the mousse into each ring mould inside the strawberries then carefully smooth the mousse over the top of them to fill the ring mould, leaving at least 2mm of space at the top. Return the ring moulds to the freezer to chill
9
For the strawberry jelly, place the halved strawberries in a small saucepan with the sugar on a low heat and stir for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Cover and cook for 10 minutes without stirring, until the strawberries have released all their juice
10
5 minutes before the strawberries are ready, place 1/2 a gelatine leaf into cold water
11
Strain the strawberries through a sieve into a jug, making sure not to push the strawberries through too much or the jelly will become cloudy. Return the strawberry juice to the pan and heat for 1 minute
12
Squeeze out the gelatine leaf and stir it into the hot strawberry juice until thoroughly incorporated. Leave the strawberry juice to cool to room temperature before pouring a thin layer over each of the chilled elderflower mousses. Place the mousses in the fridge to set for 30 minutes
13
To unmould the mousses, remove them from the fridge and gently run a blowtorch very quickly around the sides of the moulds before pulling the moulds off. If you don’t have a blowtorch, the mousses can also be unmoulded by warming the sides of the moulds with your hands before gently pulling the moulds upwards
14
Decorate with the remaining strawberry halves and serve chilled. These will keep for 24 hours in the fridge, but are best eaten as soon as possible, as the biscuit base will begin to lose its crunch
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