Strawberry sorbet with strawberry jelly, bergamot cream and white chocolate crumble

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Sweet, vibrant strawberries really are the hero of this elegant dessert from Matthew Tomkinson, with three delicious elements all on one plate; strawberry jelly, a refreshing strawberry sorbet and fresh berries. To stop a strawberry overload, there's a deliciously crunchy white chocolate crumble and a fragrant bergamot cream.

First published in 2015




Strawberry sorbet

Strawberry jelly

Bergamot cream

  • 85ml of double cream
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zest cut into strips
  • 1 bronze gelatine leaf, soaked in water
  • bergamot essence to taste

White chocolate crumble

Stock sugar syrup

  • caster sugar
  • water


  • Food processor or blender
  • Ice cream maker


Start by making the stock sugar syrup. You will need around 130ml for this recipe
  • caster sugar
  • water
To make the strawberry sorbet, mix the strawberries, 85ml of the stock syrup and the lemon together and churn in an ice cream machine until firm, then freeze until ready to use
To make the bergamot cream, bring the cream, sugar, lemon juice and zest to the boil in a saucepan, then add the gelatine and pass through a fine sieve. Stir in the bergamot and place in bowls to set in the fridge
To make the strawberry jelly, place 40ml of the stock sugar syrup and all the ingredients except the gelatine in a bowl and cover with cling film. Place over a pan of simmering water and cook gently for 1 hour. In a separate bowl, soak the gelatine
Pass through a sieve and add the soaked and drained gelatine. Pour onto the set bergamot cream to form a thin layer and return to fridge to set
To make the crumble mix, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water. Then stir together the feuilletine and melted chocolate, leave to set and break into crumbs
To serve, remove the bowls from the fridge and top with a scoop of strawberry sorbet, sprinkle over some of the crumble and decorate with some of the fresh fruits

Matthew Tomkinson’s elegant and highly accomplished food earned him a Roux Scholarship in 2005, as well as Michelin stars at The Goose and The Montagu Arms. He now cooks classically influenced comforting dishes at Betony at The Kings Head in Wiltshire.

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