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Strawberries and cream shortbread sandwiches

Strawberries and cream shortbread sandwiches

Beautifully buttery and crisp shortbread biscuits filled and sandwiched together with softly whipped cream and sliced strawberries. These shortbread sandwiches are a quintessential British summertime treat.

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Blackcurrant brownie cheesecake

Blackcurrant brownie cheesecake

Visitors to the farm shop will surely have been tempted by one of the locally-made small-batch chocolate brownies in stock in the summer. Essex Bakery make the best chocolate brownies we’ve ever tested, and they pair wonderfully with the summer fruit. The Essex Bakery team are a creative bunch, always trying out new brownie flavours. […]

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Gooseberry crumble cake recipe

Gooseberry crumble cake

Why choose between cake and crumble when you can have both?! The fruit in this gooseberry crumble cake really offsets the sweetness. We won’t judge if you serve it with custard. This recipe is adapted from one spotted in Sainsbury’s Magazine. We’ve added a little extra fruit (obvs), and a sprinkling of flaked almonds on […]

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Redcurrant and elderflower sorbet

Redcurrant and elderflower sorbet

This delicately flavoured, seasonal sorbet is delicious served with roasted peaches, and a honey and oat crumb. Developed by Chef Ewan at Church Street Tavern, inspired by picking redcurrants at the farm.

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Gooseberry, lemon and elderflower tart

This vibrant lemon tart flavoured with new season gooseberries and foraged elderflower makes the perfect light summer dessert. Garnish with elderflower sprigs and extra gooseberries; I like to lightly poach mine in elderflower cordial. This recipe was kindly given to us by Jess Noy at The Gamekeepers Daughter, an award-winning chef who runs Takeout Thursdays: […]

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Raspberry, cardamom and almond cake recipe

Raspberry, cardamom and almond cake

Even the children were impressed by this unusual summer cake! The cardamom is distinctive without overwhelming the lovely summer flavours of raspberries and almonds. I admit, I took a couple of shortcuts here. All hail to the master bakers who grind up their almonds and seed their own cardamom pods. I’m afraid I considered this […]

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Raspberry and white chocolate blondies

Blondies are like a butterscotchy cousin of the brownie, and the sweet/tart combination of raspberries and white chocolate are a delicious addition.

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Strawberry bakewell tart recipe

Strawberry bakewell tart

Nadiya Hussain freshens up the traditional bakewell tart by adding fresh strawberries, with this light and delicious strawberry tart.

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Raspberry coconut macaroons

Raspberry coconut macaroons

Sometimes a recipe will come along that looks too easy to be interesting. These raspberry coconut macaroons – with just a few ingredients and taking about 15 mins to prep – definitely made me wonder whether they’d be a little bland. But in Smitten Kitchen I trust. She has a wonderful knack of pairing flavours […]

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Summer fruit crumble

Summer fruit crumble

It seems that nearly any fruit is improved when you cover it in a layer of crunchy, buttery crumble. Strawberries are no exception – particularly if you add a few raspberries and blackcurrants to give it a kick. Strawberries are so sweet when in season that you don’t need to add any extra sugar to […]

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