10 Aug 2014

Strawberry Summer Puddings

Summer would not be summer were it not for strawberries. There is something very special about these ruby red hearts that spell summer like nothing else can. Strawberries mean picnics. Strawberries mean Wimbledon. And strawberries mean delicious desserts.

Strawberries are low in calories and rich in vitamin C, which make them ideal for a healthy snack when eaten on their own. If you are looking to indulge, their vibrant red colour and sweet fruity flavour make them the perfect ingredient for a summer pudding.

We all have our favourite ways of eating strawberries. Here are three of mine. The taste belies the minimum effort that goes in the preparation of these summer delights.


Strawberry Jelly Fruit Salad

To serve 1:
50 gram sliced strawberries
1 hulled strawberry to garnish
145 grams made-up strawberry flavoured jelly
3 heaped tablespoons of ready-to-eat custard
1/2 thinly sliced banana
a handful of grapes

Strawberry Summer Puddings
Make the jelly as per the instructions on the packet. Before you refrigerate the jelly to set, add the slices of strawberries to the liquid jelly. Let the jelly set with the strawberries in it. Serve with custard and with a whole hulled strawberry as garnish. Plate up with a ring of bananas and grapes. Your strawberry jelly fruit salad is ready to eat.


Strawberry Kebabs

To serve 4:
400 grams strawberries, washed and hulled
50 grams marshmallows

Wash and hull the strawberries. Stick them onto some bamboo barbecue skewers, alternating with marshmallows. Serve as a fun summer pudding for picnics and barbecues. You can serve these with chocolate sauce as well for some extra fun.
Strawberry Summer Puddings

Upside down Eton Mess

To serve 4:
200 ml double cream, lightly whipped
400 grams strawberries, quartered
4 meringue nests broken into chunks (about 50 grams)

Strawberry Summer Puddings

Pour the whipped cream into a bowl. Add the chopped strawberries and fold them in gently. Now add a layer of strawberry pieces to sit on top of the mixture. Sprinkle with the meringue chunks. Refrigerate till it is time to serve. The meringue on top means that it does not go soggy or dissolve completely. So you can make this pudding well in advance and can still get bits of meringue to chew on.

So how do you like to eat your strawberries?

Disclaimer: I was sent money-off vouchers towards Tesco berries as part of their Orchard programme. All opinions are my own.

21 comments:

  1. I adore Eton Mess, it reminds me of summer so much, and it is also delicious. I make a lovely flan with fresh strawberries.

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  2. OOH I am a huge fan of strawberries and Eton Mess, yum x

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  3. These sound yummy and so easy! Great for the season

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  4. Wow they all look lovely! It's been ages since I had eton mess... I might ask my mum to get us the ingredients to make it next week when my nearly hubby and I have our week alone, at home, for our faux honey moon lol xx

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  5. Love strawberries in everything! Shame summer is almost gone :(

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  6. They all look so summery, but I am not a fan of strawberry's (I love the flavour, just not the texture! ) x

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  7. I wish we had strawberries in the fridge now! Yummy

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  8. I like the look of the Strawberry kebabs, some chocolate drizzled on them and perfect :o)

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  9. I live fresh strawberries they really do scream summer sonny they! I really fancy an upside down eaton mess now! X

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  10. Me please :) looks so nice fab for this time of year .x

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  11. I love strawberries too. Fruit kebabs are brilliant. I haven't eaten jelly for a while but do like mixing fruit in my jelly would be nice with just strawberries.

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  12. So many great uses for strawberries.
    Upside down Eton mess wins everytime!

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  13. We love strawberries and they don't last long so just as they are (after a wash). Some great ideas though.

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  14. Such great ideas, I love Eton Mess and the kebabs look like a simple pudding for kids.

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  15. Eton Mess is one of the yummiest and easiest desserts ever! x

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  16. I adore eton mess - it is delicious!

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  17. I'm a little bit odd and I don't eat strawberries! These are some fab ideas though, the summer pudding looks lovely x

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  18. We all love strawberries. We recently had them in a salad with rocket, lime and goats cheese. It was surprisingly delicious x

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  19. Oh yum they all look so delicious - I do love a nice strawberry :) x

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  20. I love strawberries -they don't last long enough in this house to make it into a pudding!

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  21. Loved the idea of strawberry kebabs!!! Awesome and great clicks

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