How to Eat Strawberries and Cream

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Real Strawberries and Cream

Take a deep cold bowl half full of cream (an old punch-bowl is excellent for this purpose). Whip the cream slightly, but do not make it too stiff. Then drop into it as many strawberries as it will hold, the smaller ones being put in whole, the larger cut up. Stir as you go, mashing slightly, and when the cream really won't cover another strawberry, leave it to stand for an hour. It will then be a cold level pale-pink cream. Crust it over with dredged white sugar and serve forth, in June, on a green lawn, under shady trees by the river.

From Food In England by Dorothy Hartley


My method is very similar. I whip the cream a bit more.


I slice the strawberries.


 I mix in the sugar.


I serve forth in June or July in my dining room, the windows open to the warm breeze.



And sometimes I add meringues. Well Why not?


It really is the finest way to eat strawberries and cream.


25 comments:

  1. Hello - a delicious blog!

    A question about the cream - single, double, whipping, clotted?

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    1. I used double but whipping cream would work. Single is no good as it won't whip up. Clotted is very tempting-no need to whip that.

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  2. Today we've eaten ours whilst travelling the river Nene on our boat, double cream poured over quartered strawberries, delicious.

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  3. I am now drooling over my keyboard - I would add some torn up ginger mint to add a subtle zing and a touch of green to compliment the pink. thanks for a lovely recipe Sue. :-)

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  4. is it really that easy?? I'm trying it tomorrow!!!! :)

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  5. Sue, I've come upon this delicious post of yours as I settle down for some blueberries with light cream.

    Wishing I could share your strawberries and cream tomorrow afternoon or evening. Isn't berry season terrific?

    xo

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  6. Looks utterly delicious! There's something very mouth-watering about the way Dorothy Hartley writes the recipe and your pics match that perfectly. Serve forth any time! E x

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  7. We always just pour the cream over the berries but my this looks so much more than the sum of its parts - picking strawberries is on the agenda for this week and this is exactly what I will be doing with them. Thank you x

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    1. More than the sum of its parts is a very good way of describing a dish like this Rachel. I've just eaten another example of such a dish the classic French jambon au beurre -a crusty buttered baguette filled with good ham. Delicious.

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  8. This is the only way really isn't it. Although a heck of a lot of mine are being eaten straight from the strawberry bed while I'm in the Veggie Patch weeding, well there has to be some perks to being the gardener hasn't there :-)

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  9. Anonymous7:43 pm BST

    Whipping -double cream with a bit of sugar, no clotted cream in my house or mouth, somehow it tastes to me like whippingcream beaten too long and turning to butter, no thank you. I watched Wimbledon for 14 days, have eaten strawberries and cream, but not the traditional Wimbledonway with clotted cream, I think that must be an acquired taste, like us Dutch liking double salty licorice and raw salted herrings is not understood by strangers too.

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  10. This is my favourite summer dessert, It is so easy as well. I like it best with the meringue. Bit of a disaster this year with my strawberries, most of them seem to have fallen off the plant I am trying to google it and find out why because last week I had loads today barely any.

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  11. I have strawberries, raspberries and heavy cream in my fridge. I was going to make gelato, but now I might have to make this instead! Thanks for the inspiration. :-P

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  12. This is the perfect post for the end of Wimbledon fortnight! You just can't beat strawberries and cream, such a simple and perfect combination, and of course the addition of meringue only adds to the overall gorgeousness of it all. Our local PYO strawberry field has just opened, I know what I'll be eating this week. x

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  13. Be still my heart. This has to be the most incredible strawberry treat ever!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Anonymous8:48 am BST

    Hi Sue - those Strawberries look fabulous. I know you are a tennis buff - so heartiest congratulations to the UK for a wonderful win last night. Very happy!!! Sheridan in Queensland.

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    1. Thanks Sheridan. We are all very very happy this morning :)

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  15. Same here - we call it Slop and it is everyones favourite summer pud...

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  16. We do something very similar, but we mash the meringues in with the strawberry concoction to make Eton Mess. Very tasty and a real family favourite :-)

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  17. Oh, wow, that looks so good!

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  18. You are so not good for a woman on a diet! Luckily I like strawberries and just a little crème fraîche, but it's just not the same!

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