Make the most of strawberry season with this delicious dessert
Mark Stower, Director of Food and Service
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 25 mins
- Serves: 6
Place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor and process briefly until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then slowly add the egg. (If you don’t have a food processor, rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and then stir in the egg.)
Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill for an hour in the refrigerator.
Heat the oven to 170°C. Roll the pastry thinly on a floured surface and line 6 individual tartlet moulds with it. Leave to rest for 30 minutes before cooking.
Place the cases into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and leave to cool down. Once cooled, remove the tartlet cases from the moulds.
Wash the strawberries and cut them in half, removing the stalks.
Mix the crème fraîche and Greek yoghurt together and place a dollop into each tartlet case and then fill with strawberries. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
Most people are now familiar with the 5 a day vegetables and fruit message, but do you know why the 5 portions are recommended? Generally people in Mediterranean countries consume large amounts of vegetables and fruit and research shows that on average these countries have lower rates of heart disease and cancer than other western countries. The World Health Organization has estimated that consumption of around 400 grams per day is associated with significantly lower rates of these diseases—so we recommend at least five portions of around 80 grams each day. It might seem easy to reach the target by drinking a lot of fruit juice—not so I’m afraid. Public Heath England, the government body tasked with giving us nutrition advice, now suggests that fruit juice shouldbe limited to one small portion (150 millilitres) each day. This is because juicing releases the free sugarsfrom fruit, which can contribute to tooth decay and possibly weight gain. Fortunately, there are not restrictions on strawberries, which are rich in fibre and relatively low in sugar. Depending on size, about five to seven average strawberries would make up an 80 gram portion. As they are so delicious, it should be pretty easy to reach your 5 a day at this time of year!
DR Juliet Gray, company nutritionist