Strawberries and Sandcastles

  • For the 'sand' biscuits
  • 225g gluten-free flour
  • Large pinch of fine salt
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 55g icing sugar
  • 110g butter, diced (plus 55g melted butter)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 teaspoons water
  • 6 ice cream cones
  • For the chocolate strawberries
  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Finely-grated zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 2 tsp light olive oil
  • 500g strawberries, chilled

1. To make the sand biscuit, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan assisted/Gas Mark 4.

2. Add the flour, salt, vanilla seeds and icing sugar to a bowl or food processor. Add the butter and rub in until fine crumbs. Add the egg and just enough water to mix to a soft dough.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, slide on to a baking sheet then chill for 20 minutes.

4. For the strawberries, add the chocolate, orange rind and olive oil to a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. Heat until just melted then stir until smooth.

5. Strain the chocolate through a fine sieve into a bowl, if liked then dip the strawberries into the chocolate and put on to a tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Put in a cool place to set.

6. Crush the biscuit and ice cream cones into fine crumbs. Melt 55g butter in a small saucepan, mix in 225g/8oz of the crumbs then pack into 6 small buttered mini buckets or dariole moulds. Chill 10 minutes then loosen and turn out on to small plates. Scatter extra crumbs on to the plates then arrange the strawberries on top, adding little flags or plastic spoons if liked.


Recipe courtesy of Seasonal Berries

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