Community Recipe: Strawberries, Elderflower And Cream


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When it comes down to a short time limit, it's all about being clever with colour, texture and flavour rather than making fancy things from scratch. This dish is all about appreciating strawberries and the classic flavours that go with them!


  • 200 g fresh strawberries
  • 150 ml pimms
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 100 ml prosecco
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 50 ml elderflower cordial
  • 100 g white chocolate
  • 5 g freeze dried strawberries
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 50 g melted butter
  • 50 g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 ea vanilla pod
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 50 g clotted cream
  • 50 g shortbread
  • 1 small sprig mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals
Poach the Strawbs

Step 1

Poach The Strawbs

Hull and quarter the strawberries. Throw them into a small saucepan over a high heat and pour in the pimms and add the mint. Simmer for 10 minutes, until just soft.

Make the Syrup

Step 2

Make The Syrup

Pour the prosseco, sugar and elderflower cordial into another small saucepan over a high heat and let it bubble away and reduce to a syrup consistency.

Caramelise the chocolate

Step 3

Caramelise The Chocolate

Break up the white chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and scatter in the dried strawberry. Microwave for a minute at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate turns a deep golden brown. Chill in the fridge until solid.

Make the sponges

Step 4

Make The Sponges

Combine the caster sugar, melted butter, flour, baking powder, egg and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk it all up together. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and whisk those in too. Spoon the jam into 2 ramekins, then pour the batter over the top, reaching about halfway up the ramekins. Cover the ramekins with clingfilm and poke a few holes in the top. Microwave on high for 50 seconds to 1 minute (800W). Leave to cool for a few minutes.

Assemble and Serve

Step 5

Assemble And Serve

To plate, spoon some of the poached fruit into the middle of a plate. Tear up the sponge in half and scoop a little clotted cream onto each side. Place it over the strawberries. Break up the shortbread and place the shards over the strawberries. Scatter over the white chocolate. Garnish with the mint and rose petals. Drizzle over the elderflower syrup and serve. Serves 2

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