Recipe: Chilled strawberry soup

Chilled strawberry soup, a delightfully simple dessert. From a recipe in the July 2018 issue of LandScape

Chilled strawberry soup, a delightfully simple dessert. From a recipe in the July 2018 issue of LandScape

This incredibly simple recipe for a chilled summer soup makes a sweet, refreshing dessert.

Serves 6
500g strawberries, hulled
80g honey
150g plain yogurt
100ml dessert wine
6 fresh basil leaves, to garnish

In a food processor, blend the strawberries until very finely pureed. Add the honey, yogurt and wine, and mix well. Leave to chill for 1 hr.

Stir the mixture, then divide between six cups and garnish each with a basil leaf.
 

More recipes for chilled summer soups in the July 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Raspberry soup
  • Cool cucumber soup
  • Honeydew melon soup
  • Peach soup
  • Chilled spicy tomato soup
  • Beetroot soup
  • Pea, sorrel and mint soup

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Recipe: Blackcurrant scones and jam

Blackcurrants make a delicious, seasonal alternative in a cream tea. From a recipe in the July 2018 issue of LandScape

Blackcurrants make a delicious, seasonal alternative in a cream tea. From a recipe in the July 2018 issue of LandScape

A cream tea with freshly baked scones is one of summer's most enjoyable treats. In this recipe, the scones are enhanced with the sweet and earthy blackcurrant, dolloped with cream and blackcurrant jam.

Makes 12
For the jam:
900g blackcurrants
1kg jam-making sugar
200ml water

For the scones:
50g blackcurrants
250g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
50g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
2 tbsp caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
150ml milk, plus extra for brushing
clotted cream, to serve

For the jam: Place the blackcurrants in a 2.5 litre saucepan and cover with the sugar. Add the water and stir thoroughly. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. By then, the fruit should be producing liquid. Simmer for a further 10 mins on low until a liquid forms properly and the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Hold on the boil, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins until the mixture thickly covers the back of a wooden spoon. Sterilise four clean 400g glass jars and lids: cover the lids with boiling water in a bowl for 2 mins, then drain, and pour 20ml of boiling water into each jar, then discard the water. Allow the jam to cool for 5 mins, then pour into the jars while hot. A funnel will make pouring easier.

For the scones: Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7. Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour by pinching together with fingers and thumbs. Stir in the caster sugar. Add the milk and blackcurrants, then bring together into a dough using the hands. Knead gently within the bowl for 1 min.

On a clean surface dusted with flour, roll out the dough to approximately 2cm thick. Using a 6cm fluted cookie cutter, cut out as many scones as possible, transferring them to a flat oven tray, dusted liberally with flour. Roll out the remaining dough again and repeat the process until there are 12 scones. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar, then bake for 15 mins until golden. Allow to cool slightly on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To serve, cut in half and top with a spoonful of clotted cream and the blackcurrant jam.

More recipes using blackcurrants in the July 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Blackcurrant torte
  • Blackcurrant ice cream sundae
  • Sausage and blackcurrant rolls
  • Blackcurrant buns
  • Whole gammon with blackcurrant sauce

 

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Recipe: Herby grilled chicken skewers

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

These slightly smoky chicken skewers take very little preparation and make a quick, healthy supper with a salad. They're also ideal for the barbecue and perhaps best eaten on a sunny day with a garden of friends and a chilled glass of white wine.

Serves 4
8 chicken strips
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion salt
1 pinch smoked paprika
1 tsp mixed peppercorns, crushed
2 tbsp oil, plus extra for greasing
1 handful dill, finely chopped
sea salt

Soak eight wooden skewers in water for 30 mins. Preheat a lightly greased griddle pan to a medium heat. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion salt, paprika, crushed peppercorns and a pinch of salt.

Season the chicken strips with the mix and thread onto the skewers. Drizzle with the oil, then grill for 7-10 mins,  turning occasionally, until cooked through and lightly charred on both sides. Remove from the pan and let stand briefly before serving with a garnish of chopped dill.

More recipes using chicken in the June 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Chicken breast with lemon and pepper
  • Chicken salad sandwich
  • Lemon chicken
  • Chicken in tomato cream
  • Chicken patties with chilli pepper and basil
  • Lime and herb crusted chicken
  • Chicken and yellow courgette flan

 

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Recipe: Strawberry and cream tart

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

With clouds of fluffy strawberry cream topped with sweetly refreshing strawberry slices, this delicious strawberry tart is easy to make and uses only six ingredients – of which one is the fruit.

Serves 8
400g strawberries, hulled
400ml double cream
120g butter, plus extra for greasing
300g digestive biscuits
1 tbsp vanilla paste

Grease a 23cm round, 5cm deep, loose-bottomed tin. In a large saucepan, melt the butter until liquid. In a bowl, crush the biscuits with the end of a rolling pin. Off the heat, add the biscuit crumbs to the butter and stir thoroughly. Press the mixture into the prepared tin using the back of a dessert spoon, to make a tart base, pushing it together until it is solid. This may take several minutes. Chill the biscuit base for 1 hr.

Place half the strawberries in a food processor and blend until pureed. In a large bowl, whip the double cream for 3 mins until firm, then fold the strawberry puree and vanilla paste through the cream. Fill the biscuit base with the cream mixture and flatten with the dessert spoon. Slice the remaining strawberries in half and decorate the top. Leave to chill for 1 hr before serving.

More recipes using strawberries in the June 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Strawberry creams
  • Strawberry shortbread
  • Strawberry-filled meringues
  • Strawberry, thyme and lemon tarts
  • Strawberry drizzle cake

 

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