Thursday, 24 June 2010

Strawberries and cream

And with Wimbledon (and the football and the cricket) playing in the background it would be rude not to. Particularly when you've picked the strawberries yourself (we didn't leave that many behind at the PYO farm on Monday). You can't beat it.

Or can you? Why, yes. I believe you can. By having said strawberries and cream on a vanilla sponge base. Oh my. So pleasing.

Sponge base - serves 8
125g soft butter
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
1tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
3-4 dsrtspn milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and the first egg. Mix, then add roughly half of the flour. Stir until smooth.
  5. Add the second egg, mix, then add the remaining flour. Once the mixture is smooth add the milk to loosen.
  6. Pour the mixture into the the baking tray and level out with the back of a spoon or palette knife.
  7. Pop in the oven until golden brown.
  8. Leave to cool.
Creamy mixture of joy - to cover 1/2 of the above tray bake. Serves 4.
142ml double cream
2 dsrtspn Greek yoghurt
A little icing sugar (I use a funny tea strainer thing as my sieve because I'm lazy - probably equates to roughly 1 tsp)
2 handfuls of strawberries - chopped
  1. Whisk the double cream until there is a slight visible drag in the bowl.
  2. Sprinkle a little of the icing sugar over the top and gently fold in the Greek yoghurt until combined.
  3. Spread over the sponge with a palette knife and sprinkle the strawberries on top. Dust the top with a little icing sugar and devour.
Comedy fact. We - yep, Mr M and moi - thought we could eat all of the above in one sitting. Clearly an eyes bigger than stomach moment. And I had divided the sponge base in two - with the spare half popped away for another day. The photo shows the half that we thought we could polish off. We were defeated. Half of it has gone in the fridge for tomorrow. I reckon if you double the topping recipe, you'll be able to feed 8 quite happily.

Clear as mud, eh? Tasty mud, mind you.


  1. Looks delicious! And now you have the rest to look forward to. K x

  2. Oh,yum. If that had been in my fridge this morning I'd have eaten it for breakfast.