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.
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
Sweetly creamy white chocolate makes an indulgent filling for this easy cheesecake recipe.
150g white chocolate, chopped
60g white chocolate, grated, to decorate
250g digestive biscuits, finely crushed
125g unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp powdered gelatine (for a vegetarian version, substitute with the same quantity of agar agar)
500g cream cheese, softened
180g caster sugar
150g sour cream
3 tbsp boiling water
white fondant rose, optional
Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Separate two of the eggs into two cups. In a large bowl, cream the butter with a pinch of salt, the vanilla extract and 250g of the sugar. Gradually stir in the egg yolks and the remaining eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder. Add this to the wet mix in batches, alternating with the gradual addition of the milk. Mix well after each addition. Place one third of the mixture into a 26cm greased springform cake tin and smooth the top.
Using a hand whisk, beat the egg whites, gradually adding the remaining sugar. Loosely spread this on top of the mixture in the cake tin, to approximately 5mm from the edge. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins. Remove, leaving the oven on, and place on a cooling rack. Carefully ease the cake from the tin and allow to cool. Clean, dry and re-grease the tin, then add the remaining mixture and place in the oven, still at 175°C/gas mark 4. Bake for 40-45 mins. Remove and place on a cooling rack, carefully remove from the tin and allow to cool. Cut this piece of cake into two layers, slicing it horizontally through the centre.
Melt the white chocolate in a basin over a pan of warm water. Place the cream cheese in a bowl and then stir the yoghurt and chocolate into the cream cheese in alternating batches, mixing well in between. Spread the bottom two layers of the cake with the marmalade, followed by the cream mixture and assemble so that the layer with the meringue is sitting on the top. Refrigerate the cake for 2 hrs before serving to allow the cream to firm slightly.
More recipes using white chocolate in the May 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- White chocolate mousse
- Cupcakes with white chocolate icing
- White chocolate peppermint bark
- White chocolate cake
- White chocolate and orange cookies
2 tbsp elderflower syrup
zest of 2 lemons
200g plain digestive biscuits
90g unsalted butter
60g golden caster sugar
360g marscapone cheese
160ml double cream
a pinch of powdered cardamom
single elderflowers to decorate
To make the base put the biscuits in a bowl and crush with a rolling pin until they resemble breadcrumbs. Melt the butter in a pan and add the crushed biscuits, sugar and cardamom. Mix well so all the dry ingredients are covered with the butter. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 20cm loose-bottomed baking tin and refrigerate for an hour until set.
Gently stir together the mascarpone, half the lemon zest and the elderflower syrup, then fold in the double cream. Spoon out onto the top of the biscuit base, spreading smoothly, and chill in the fridge for 3 hours.
Prior to serving, sprinkle the surface of the cheesecake with the remaining zest then scatter over the single flowers.
Other elderflower recipes in our May/Jun 2015 issue:
• Elderflower syrup
• Elderflower cream tarts
• Elderflower and raspberry jellies
• Elderflower and mint sorbet