In May, when the strawberries start to ripen, our thoughts turn to sweet, scrumptious desserts. In France, as in the UK, strawberries are a firm favourite, a taste of sunny days and summer breezes.
Inspired by French classic strawberry desserts, these super easy to make recipes for Strawberry Pie and Strawberry clafoutis are mouth-wateringly delicious and quite irresistible.
Ingredients for 4 strawberry lovers!
75ml fresh milk, full-fat
75ml single cream
1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out
1 large free-range eggs
50g caster sugar
125g fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
Icing sugar, to sprinkle
1 Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Butter a medium gratin dish or 4 small ramekins.
2 Pour the milk, cream, vanilla pod and the seeds into a saucepan; bring to the boil and then take off the heat and allow to infuse for around two hours.
3 Beat the eggs and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until thick and frothy, add the corn flour and continue to beat until smooth.
4 Remove the vanilla pod from the milk and cream mix and pour into the egg mixture, whisking all the time.
5 Arrange the fresh strawberries in the buttered dish/dishes and then the custard over the top. Place the dish into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the custard is golden brown and set in the middle.
6 Sprinkle icing sugar over the top and serve just warm or at room temperature with cream and fresh strawberries.
Strawberry and cream Pie
Ingredients: serves 6
1 packet of shortcrust pastry
240 ml whipping cream
40g cup caster sugar
500g strawberries, halved
1 Bake the shortcrust pastry blind. Let it cool.
2 Whisk the cream until it starts to thicken and then add the caster sugar. Keep whisking until the cream is fluffy.
3 When the pastry is cool, spread the whipped cream on the bottom, then arrange the strawberries as prettily as you can on top.