Recipe: Thumbprint jam cookies

The bounty of the hedgerow is transformed into intensely flavoured jams, which can be used to make delicious berry-filled bakes.

Golden cookies filled with sweet blackcurrant, strawberry and apricot jam for a tasty treat.

Golden cookies filled with sweet blackcurrant, strawberry and apricot jam for a tasty treat.

Makes 28
140g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 
140g light brown sugar 
2 eggs 
200g ground almonds 
2 tsp baking powder 
200g plain flour 
9 tsp blackcurrant jam
10 tsp strawberry jam
9 tsp apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 and grease a large, flat oven tin. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for 2-3 mins with the back of a wooden spoon until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined. Mix in the ground almonds, baking powder and flour until a stiff, sticky dough forms. 

Roll the mixture into balls approximately a heaped teaspoon in size and place them on the tray, spaced out approximately 3cm from each other. Press down each ball in the middle with the thumb and fill each with approximately 1 tsp of jam. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden. Allow to cool for 5 mins on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve or keep in a lidded container for up to 3 days. 









More recipes for berry-filled desserts in the September 2019 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Cherry puddings

  • Jam roll

  • Golden flapjacks

  • Pastry pinwheels

  • Crumble tart

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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: 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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Strawberry and cream jellies

Jelly recipes LandScape magazine Jul/Aug 2-17

Makes approximately 4 x 250ml desserts

1kg strawberries, hulled, plus 4, including stalks, for decoration
350ml whipping cream
9 sheets of gelatine
4 tbsp caster sugar

Blend the strawberries together in a food processor until a smooth puree. Drain the juice into a small saucepan through a sieve, stirring the pulp to extract the liquid. Transfer the strawberry pulp into a separate saucepan and set aside. 

Add enough cold water to the strawberry juice to make the liquid up to 480ml in total. Warm 240ml of this juice mixture with half of the sugar for 3 mins, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture thickens slightly. Allow to cool a little.

Place seven of the gelatine sheets in a small bowl of cold water and leave to stand for 5 mins. Drain and squeeze excess water from the sheets, then add two to the thickened mixture. Divide this between four serving glasses and freeze for 30 mins.

Bring the pan of strawberry pulp to a simmer on the hob, stirring. Simmer for
1 min, then allow to cool slightly. Add the remaining soaked gelatine sheets to the pulp and stir.

In a large bowl, whisk 250ml of the cream for 4 mins, until soft peaks form. Mix a third of the pulp into the cream and stir thoroughly. Add a layer of the pulp to the glasses, using half of the mixture. Follow with a layer of strawberry cream, using half of the cream mixture. Freeze until needed.

Heat the remaining strawberry juice mixture and remaining sugar for 3 mins, until warm. Place the remaining two sheets of gelatine in cold water to soak for 5 mins. Allow the strawberry juice mixture to cool slightly, then add the softened gelatine, after draining and squeezing out the excess water. Stir, then divide between the glasses. Return them to the freezer for 30 mins.

Add a layer of the remaining strawberry pulp on top of the jelly layers and smooth over with the back of a metal spoon which has been dipped in boiling water. Do the same with a layer of the cream mixture. Whisk the remaining 100ml of cream into soft peaks and layer on top of each jar. Allow to chill for 2 hrs. Add a single strawberry to the top of each before serving.

Other jelly recipes in the July/August issues of LandScape

  • Raspberry jelly
  • Fruity yogurt jelly
  • Elderflower jellies
  • Dandelion and burdock and ice cream jelly
  • Strawberry and mint fizz jellies

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