Strawberries And Sandcastles: Fun For Summer

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries.

Strawberries And Sandcastles. It just would not be summer without a trip to the seaside.

Strawberries And Sandcastles

Add just a hint of the beach by serving these bite-sized British strawberries, dipped in dark glossy chocolate flavoured with just a hint of orange over a bed of crushed biscuit crumbs or press the mixture into mini buckets or dariole tins for a fun take on a sandcastle.

Strawberries And Sandcastles

How To Make Strawberries And Sandcastles:

Serves 6

‘Sand’ Biscuits:

  • 225g/8oz gluten free flour
  • Large pinch of fine salt
  • 1 vanilla pod, slit lengthways, seeds scraped from pod
  • 55g/2oz icing sugar
  • 110g/4oz butter, diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 teaspoons water
  • 6 ice cream cones
  • 55g/2oz butter

Strawberries And Sandcastles

Chocolate Strawberries:

  • 200g/7oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Finely grated zest of 2 medium oranges
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, chilled

Strawberries And Sandcastles

Strawberries And Sandcastles Method:

  1. To make the sand biscuit, preheat the oven to 180oC/160oC fan assisted/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Add the flour, salt, vanilla seeds and icing sugar to a bowl or food processor.
  3. Add the butter and rub in until fine crumbs.
  4. Add the egg and just enough water to mix to a soft dough.
  5. Roll the dough out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, slide on to a baking sheet then chill for 20 minutes.

For The Strawberries:

  1. Add the chocolate, orange rind and olive oil to a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that the water does not touch the base of the bowl.
  2. Heat until just melted then stir until smooth.
  3. 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.
  4. Put in a cool place to set.

For The Sandcastles:

  1. Crush the biscuit and ice cream cones into fine crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, mix in 225g/8oz of the crumbs then pack into 6 small buttered mini buckets or dariole moulds.
  3. 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.

Cook’s Tip:

Short of time then cheat and use two bars of your favourite brand of flavoured chocolate.

Strawberries And Sandcastles

About this post -This is a guest post. No payment was received. Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries.

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6 Comments

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st July 2014 / 5:45 pm

      aww great, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. Please may I?
    1st July 2014 / 6:46 am

    So sweet, love it.X x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      1st July 2014 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. steph
    1st July 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Love this fun twist on the serving suggestion, complete with mini umbrellas & flags – VERY CUTE!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      2nd July 2014 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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