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Strawberries & Cream

Posted in Cooking, dessert, Food, Home Cooked Food, recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by helenphillips


I don’t think I’ve written about a dessert on here yet, so it’s probably about time I did. I don’t really cook desserts or puddings that often, hence the lack of recipes.  This one was yet again a bit of an experiment, but inspired by a ‘raspberry pizza’ recipe I saw in Good Food Magazine (July 2007). It’s really a twist on Strawberries & Cream – a real summer delight. The quantities quoted are just right for 2 people. Or you could be mean and stretch it to 4!

For the bases you will need around 300g shortcrust pastry (I cheated and bought pre-made stuff), and a pastry cutter (I used a 88mm one). The pastry needs to be rolled allowing 4 bases to be cut.

Pre-heat the oven to 180c, and then bake the pastry for 10 minutes.

For the topping you will need:

Around 75 ml Double Cream, whipped until fluffy. Then add one tablespoon of caster sugar (I used vanilla which I make at home), and fold in until completely dissolved in.

To make a caramel, melt 1 oz butter, 1 tablespoon double cream and one tablespoon of caster sugar (again I used vanilla). Cook gently for 5 minutes, and then mix in the Zest of one small orange (or my case Satsuma!), and around 250g berries (I used strawberries & blackberries). I also added in a tablespoon of chopped mint.

Pile the Berry mix onto the bases, and add a spot (or dollop!) of cream to the top. Serve, and eat quickly before the cream melts!


A is for Apple

Posted in Cooking, Food, Home Cooked Food with tags , , on February 4, 2008 by helenphillips

‘An Apple a day keeps the doctor away”, a saying dating back to the 19th Century long before we were encouraged to get our 5 a day! High in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, the apple has proved the test of time as a delicious but healthy food.

The apple tree is possibly one of the earliest cultivated trees, and is a fruit associated with many legends, not to mention it’s place in Genesis. Today it is the widest cultivated fruit, with over 7500 varieties growing world wide, with 1200 varieties in the UK alone. Yet I have heard of only a small number of the names, such as Braeburn, and Cox Pippen. Whilst doing a little research for this post, I found this excellent article on The Great British Kitchen website – so now I know a few more varieties to look out for!

Savoury Ideas:

Sweet / Pudding / Dessert Ideas

Apart from eating, there are a few more uses that I have come across:

  • Store half an apple with cake to keep it fresh
  • Place one in a paper bag with green tomatoes in order to ripen them
  • Place a wedge in a sealed bag with hardened brown sugar to soften it back up again
  • Excess salt in your soup or stew? Add a few wedges of apple for 10 minutes.