There are many things which signify summertime in Britain. Pimms, Wimbledon, the constant complaining of it being ‘too hot’ and strawberries.
Summertime doesn’t seem to be complete in the UK without some tasty strawberries hiding in your fridge.
These recipes signify the importance of the humble strawberry. A cheap-ish ingredient, it has many uses by Brits including being chopped and added to salads, mushed into glasses and topped with Pimms and finally added to cheesecakes.
The latter is exactly what I did this weekend.
Dish number 1: No-Bake Strawberry and Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Last week I tried some wonderful salads from Marks & Spencer’s new range and my favourite thing about the salads I made, was that they required no baking. There is nothing I hate more than standing in a hot kitchen trying to prepare food.
So, the fact that this no-bake cheesecake was ready in a cold kitchen made it taste even better – well not quite but you get the gist. It’s been a few years since I made a cheesecake myself, but this recipe was easy to follow and the end result was absolutely delightful.
Dish number 2: Elizabeth Sponge Cake
As someone who isn’t baking gifts, this was a bit of a challenge for me. It is a hard bake, but the reward of seeing it finished is incredible. The buttercream icing was the most difficult element, just due to the many different components.
However, once it was all done, it wasn’t actually overly hard. Plus, there is something quite satisfying about sitting down and eating a cake you made from scratch.