Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream

Not trying to tempt fate but as I write this Andy Murray is looking very good for Wimbledon this weekend. If you are planning on watching the final matches, then as the temperature is forecast to reach 30C this might just be the perfect weekend treat. The added mint is optional but I would urge you to try it. It’s very delicate but really adds to the overall taste. Continue reading

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Sweet Spot – Bageriet + Ice Kitchen

London hasn’t always been great at providing us with great sweets, it’s a city that seems to have concentrated on restaurants and the savoury side of things, but like the country as a whole we have definitely started embracing our sweeter side and Londoners are now very lucky indeed. There always seems to be a new bakery, gelataria or sweet food stall (sorry bad pun!) opening and I wanted to share those with you. One of the ways I get ideas for recipes is by visiting as many different bakeries as possible, both here and abroad. Seeing how other people do things can often spark an idea for a new recipe and can show me techniques I want to try out. This is the first part of a regular feature exploring London’s Sweet Spots, as well as those I find on my travels. Continue reading

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Strawberry Shortcakes

Summer is here, well officially at least, looking out of the window you wouldn’t know it! One of the few things we can definitely enjoy is the strawberries, the food for me that shouts summer! I cannot think of many other things that compare to the fragrant smell and succulent sweet taste of a strawberry. I have many happy memories visiting the ‘pick your own’ farms in Devon when I was little, sneaking the odd strawberry whilst no-one was looking.
As we are in the middle of Wimbledon this must be one of the most popular couple of weeks to indulge in your strawberry habit. Even if you don’t like tennis, there is no denying that classic strawberry and cream combination it just works, its simple, delicious and absolutely timeless!
A way to use that combo to make the perfect summertime dessert is Strawberry Shortcake, an American dessert that is simple to make and quick to eat. For a British palate its hardly a difficult or contentious idea, it’s very similar to a cream tea. In this recipe I am using a cross between an American style scone and a rock cake – sweet and tender, and just like scones these are best served as close to baking as possible and for me that makes this a great impromptu dessert, it takes minutes to make and will be on the table and ready to eat in well under an hour. Continue reading
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