Michelle Darmody: Some berry nice recipes to celebrate strawberry season

Michelle Darmody: Some berry nice recipes to celebrate strawberry season

It is Irish strawberry season. You do not have to do anything to a perfectly ripe strawberry, simply wash it and eat it. Once sun ripened and sweet I think they are almost perfect, but here are three dessert recipes to dress them up a little, if you wish.

The first recipe for tartlets is a no-bake recipe. You can make one larger tart rather than smaller ones, a case about 9 inches in dimeter would work. The last recipe uses the very traditional pairing of vanilla shortcake, whipped cream and strawberries. The berries that sit on the shortcake are dressed in honey and orange juice, but this is optional. Feel free to taste your strawberries to see how much honey or juice is needed, another option is a dash of orange blossom water which adds a more exotic, floral note.

Michelle Darmody: Some berry nice recipes to celebrate strawberry season

The fact that strawberries have their seeds on the outside makes them very unusual and actually it means that they are not really a berry at all. They are a member of the rose family and share their blossom-like scent with their cousins. Their sweet smell can in fact be an indicator of quality when purchasing or picking strawberries. When choosing them it is good to lookout for shiny fruit that are deep red in colour with their bright green caps still attached.

Michelle's Strawberry Shortcake
Michelle's Strawberry Shortcake

Vanilla strawberry shortcake

Ingredients

250g of butter 

100g of golden caster sugar 

360g of plain flour 

2 tsp of vanilla extract 

To decorate:

450g of strawberries 

½ tbs of orange juice or 2 tsp of orange blossom water for a more floral taste 

½ tbs of honey 300mls of cream, whipped to stiff peaks

1 tsp of vanilla extract 

Method:

Beat the butter and sugar until they are well combined. Stir in the flour until it too is combined, then add in the vanilla. Knead gently for about thirty seconds until a smooth dough is formed and then wrap the dough in baking parchment and place it into the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line three baking trays with parchment.

Sprinkle flour onto a work surface. Roll the dough to about a centimetre in thickness and using a side plate cut out a disc. Gently place it onto the prepared baking tray. Repeat this to create two more discs. Score the discs with a fork or knife.

Bake for about 20 minutes until golden. Allow to cool on the tray until you can easily handle the discs then transfer onto a wire rack.

Cut the tops off the strawberries and cut them into even size chunks. Toss the chunks in the orange juice and honey. Stir the vanilla into the whipped cream.

Once the discs are completely cold place the whipped cream on the first disc, add strawberries and repeat this to pile the discs up and serve straight away.

Strawberry Tarlets

Michelle Darmody: Some berry nice recipes to celebrate strawberry season
Strawberry tartlets

Ingredients

200g of ginger biscuits, completely crushed

100g of butter, melted

½ tbs of honey

To decorate:

300g of mascarpone cheese

1 tbs of icing sugar, sieved

the zest of 2 oranges and ½ tbs of orange juice

1 tsp of vanilla

400g of strawberries, green tops removed and halved

Melt the butter and honey together and stir in the crushed biscuits until they are completely coated. Press into the base of six small tart cases. Place into the fridge to cool completely.

Whisk the mascarpone, icing sugar, orange zest and juice as well as the vanilla until light. Scoop into the cooled tart cases and smooth out the topping. Dot the strawberries on top.

Sunken strawberry cake

Ingredients 

200g of soft butter 

180g of light brown sugar and 1 extra dessert spoon 

150g of spelt flour 

2 tsp of baking powder 

100g of ground almonds 

4 eggs, lightly whisked 

500g of strawberries, green tops removed and halved or quartered 

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 9-inch square tin with parchment.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Sieve the baking powder into the flour and stir in the ground almonds. Mix them all together and set aside.

Slowly add the eggs to the butter and sugar mix, then slowly add the dry ingredients until a smooth batter is formed.

Scoop the batter into your prepared tin and dot the strawberries on top. Sprinkle with the extra spoon of sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes until golden. Allow to cool in the tin.


More in this Section

Why it’s so important Lili Reinhart has come out as bisexualWhy it’s so important Lili Reinhart has come out as bisexual

How to protect your skin when wearing a face maskHow to protect your skin when wearing a face mask

A Question of Taste: Cork opera singer, Kim SheehanA Question of Taste: Cork opera singer, Kim Sheehan

'If Found': a story of belonging from the Irish videogame scene'If Found': a story of belonging from the Irish videogame scene


Latest Showbiz

Last week the magazine accused the reality TV star of trying to inflate her net worth.Forbes magazine names Kylie Jenner the highest-paid celebrity

The actor said he was donating money to four civil rights organisations.Leonardo DiCaprio: I commit to listen, learn and take action

Paul said he found people looting and damaging property, but he and his friends did not join in.YouTube star Jake Paul charged over Arizona shopping mall protest

She left the show after a single series.Gabrielle Union files discrimination complaint against Simon Cowell and AGT

More From The Irish Examiner