Three Ways With… Strawberries

There’s only one thing finer than an English strawberry… a Yorkshire strawberry. And whether you’re a fan of the classic strawberry cheesecake or like to experiment with unusual flavour combinations, we’ve got the recipe for you!

Strawberry Cheesecake
Who can say no to a strawberry cheesecake?

250g butter oat crumble biscuits
100g butter, melted
The seeds from one vanilla pod
600g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
280 mls double cream
4 tbsp strawberry jam
200g strawberries, halved
You will also need a 23cm loose-bottomed tin, buttered and lined.

1) Put the biscuits in a food bag and bash with a rolling pin to create crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl and add the melted butter.
2) Mix to ensure the crumbs are coated in the butter then transfer to your tin and press down to create a biscuit base. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, until set.
5) In the meantime make the filling by placing the cream cheese in bowl along with the 100g icing sugar and vanilla seeds. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the double cream and continue to beat the mix until it is completely combined.
6) Take the biscuit base out of the fridge and spread an even layer of the strawberry jam over it. Then spoon the cream mixture on top and, using the back of a dessert spoon, work it into the edges and smooth with a spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.
7) The next day remove the cheesecake from the tin by placing the base on top of a can and gradually pulling the sides of the tin down. Slip onto a serving plate and remove the paper lining and tin base.
8) Decorate with the halved strawberries and serve immediately.

Strawberry Sandwiches
Although strawberries might not be the most obvious choice of sandwich fillings in the UK, a strawberry sandwich is a common snack in Holland and they do taste surprisingly good!

2 slices of good quality white bread
Butter, for spreading
5-6 strawberries, sliced
A sprinkling of brown sugar
Serves 1

1) Assemble as you would any other sandwich. Butter the bread, add the strawberry slices, sprinkle over a little sugar and close the sandwich.
2) For a luxury alternative try adding a little cream cheese or chocolate spread instead of the butter.
3) Or try adding thin slivers of cucumber for a lovely fresh and summery snack. Mint or basil would also be good additions as the herbs work well with both cucumbers and strawberries.

Serving Strawberries
Whilst strawberries and a sprinkling of sugar is served up and down the country, and nobody can deny that the classic combination of strawberries and cream is a winner, we have a few more unusual combinations for you to try.

Strawberries, chopped fresh mint and a squeeze of lime
The lime adds a super fresh and zingy note whilst the mint amplifies the sweetness of the strawberries. A great fruit salad to serve this summer.

Vanilla or lemon sugar
Upping the ante on the classic way of serving strawberries.

Cream cheese and young brie
Take the strawberry cheesecake a step further and switch your grapes for strawberries the next time you serve a cheeseboard. It’s worth noting that strawberries only work with mild and creamy cheeses – they won’t pair well with cheddars or blues for instance.

Freshly ground black pepper
Grind black pepper over sliced strawberries to neutralise any tartness in the fruit whilst balancing the sweetness to allow the subtle flavours to shine.

Balsamic Vinegar
Marinate halved strawberries in a little sugar and balsamic vinegar no longer than an hour before serving. The vinegar causes the strawberries to break down and release a lovely syrup, so take care not to marinate too long and only use firm fruit.

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