The British strawberry season hits its peak in June and July, so make sure to find a local farm and get picking (and tasting!)
When the strawberries are in their peak they are beautiful alone or simply with cream. You could also make use of another seasonal ingredient and drizzle them in a little elderflower syrup and serve with crushed meringue and clotted cream.
If you want to try a dessert to celebrate the strawberry then why not try one of our Head Chef’s favourite recipes: buttermilk panna cotta with macerated strawberries.
You will need:
- 300g of buttermilk or yoghurt as a substitute
- 125g of sugar
- Vanilla essence, not essential
- 200g of whipping cream
- 2 gelatine leaves, soaked in water till soft
- 10 strawberries
- 1 tsp icing sugar
- 1 x Lime
- Simply heat the sugar, cream and vanilla (if using) then add the gelatine to the warmed mix and then the buttermilk.
- Pour into moulds if you have some or even a bowl will do, leave for 4 hours to set (can be done the night before).
- Cut the strawberries in halves and sprinkle with a little icing sugar and a drizzle of fresh lime juice (zest can also be used), leave for a couple of minutes and then serve alongside the panna cotta.