Savour the Flavour of Juicy Isle of Wight Strawberries

8 Jun 2013

Category: Recipes

Sweet, juicy and utterley delicious, Isle of Wight Strawberries are here!  Who can resist these tasty berries that are so much a part of our quintessential Great British Summer?  Enjoyed eaten straight from the punnet is a firm favourite along with classic British summer foods such as summer pudding, or strawberries and cream. 

Dip whole strawberries into melted dark, milk or white chocolate for a truly indulgent treat.  Stir into meringues and whipped cream for a traditional Eton Mess, or mix with other berries for a tasty Berry Trifle.  Whip up a batch of strawberry ice cream or sandwich them between sponge cakes with whipped cream for a super Summer sponge cake.  Have you tried homemade strawberry vinegar and liquour?  Or for something different.. how about strawberry tapas or Strawberry Tiramisu!

Try these great tasty quick and easy delicious recipes:

Strawberries with White Chocolate Sauce (Serves 4)

Melt 150g white chocolate with 150ml single cream over a low heat until smooth.  Drizzle the sauce over 400g hulled strawberries.  

Strawberry Tapas (Serves 5)

Hull and clean about 450g strawberries, slice in  half, and place them in a serving bowl on a tray. Prepare 5 more small bowls, all to be served on the same tray. Using a pestle and mortar, lightly crush 100g  black pepper corns, and then place them in a small bowl too. Do the same with 100g red peppercorns.  Mix together 250g ricotta with 1/2 tsp of ground cinammon in another small bowl.  Pour 100ml balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Mixed zest of 1 unwaxed lemon with 100g soft brown sugar in another bowl.  Serve the prepared tray to your guests, and they can dip each strawberry into the flavours alternatively.

Strawberry Ice Cream Mess  (Serves 4)

Roughly mash 200g strawberries and slice 200g strawberries.  Divide the mashed strawberries and 2 roughly broken meringue nests between 4 bowls and top with scoops of ice cream and the sliced strawberries.

Frozen Strawberry Yoghurt (Serves 5)

Roughly chop 70g strawberries and whiz 70g strawberries in a food processor or blender and add to a large bowl.  Gently stir in half a 405g can of light condensed milk and 500g 0% fat Greek Yoghurt until well mixed.  Fold through the chopped strawberries.  Pour the mixture into a loaf tin or container, wrap well with cling film and freeze overnight.  Remove from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before you want to serve it. (Can be frozen for up to 1 month)

Preparation

For better flavour, let strawberries come to room temperature before eating them: if possible, put them out to warm in the sun for a couple of hours to bring out their full taste and aroma. As with any other delicate berries, wash and handle them gently and as little as possible to avoid bruising them.

Dont forget strawberries and cream for Wimbledon fortnight from 24th June to 7th July.

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