Strawberry + Pimm’s Fool

It’s been Wimbledon fortnight.  And now it’s over I’m in a brief period of mourning.  Being a tennis addict, this always happens.  I should be used to it by now.  But I can’t help it 😦  I  put as much aside as I can … all forms of cleaning, hoovering, shopping, and frankly, cooking.  It’s just so hard.  Sigh.  🙂

I call it ‘the beans on toast + daily avocado syndrome’.  I get it every single year.

So I haven’t blogged much…done much… been out much.  I’ve just watched tennis.

With a notable exception.

I made a strawberry fool….and I added Pimm’s No. 1 🙂

What better way to while away an afternoon, than watching my all-time favourite tennis player eventually demolish his extremely resilient opponent in a tense five-setter …… …..than with strawberries blended in an alcoholic coconut cream.

(The boozy bit in this recipe is entirely optional … but I’ll get to that later).

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Federer finally begins to inch ahead in the quarter finals! 

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It’s the last shout for my strawberry patch …and we’ve had strawberry tart, strawberry jam, strawberry smoothies and just plain strawberries………and I mourn them when they’re over too.  In fact, is life worth living without strawberries and Wimbledon?  I have to wonder….

But nature moves on, the raspberries and blueberries are coming next…and there’s tennis at the Olympics I believe …!

So.  Back to the fool:

I used Pimm’s No. 1 and maple syrup for this…which combined, give it a lovely, tawny, dusky flavour, but you could go another way by using a light sweetener (white sugar or light agave) and fresh mint and lemon juice… details below.

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STRAWBERRY FOOL

FOR 6

Ingredients:

  • 350gms. strawberries
  • a tiny dash of water
  • 400ml. can of coconut milk
  • 3-4 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1tbs. vanilla extract
  • 6-10 tbs. Pimm’s No 1 / or juice 1/2 lemon and several leafy stalks of mint
  • 1 tbs. cornflour (corn starch)
  • 1 tsp. agar-agar powder
  • 1 tbs. water

Method:

  • Wash and trim strawberries.
  • Place the strawberries and the tiniest dash of water, in a small pan with a tight fitting lid.
  • ** If you’re using the mint and lemon juice option, add the mint (without chopping it up), to the strawberries  at this point.
  • Place the pan, (with the lid on),  on a medium heat and bring the strawberries to a gentle simmer.
  • Simmer the strawberries gently for 15 mins.
  • Remove from heat.
  • ** Remove the strands of mint if using.
  • Place the strawberries in a blender and blitz on pulse until fairly smooth.
  • Return the strawberry puree to the saucepan.
  • Empty the coconut milk into a large bowl (both the creamy bit and the water).
  • Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and Pimm’s No. 1. / or lemon juice, to the coconut milk.
  • Using an electric whisk, whisk everything together.  There’s no need to whisk the coconut until it’s fluffy or light.  Just whisk everything enough to combine thoroughly.
  • Taste, and adjust flavourings if necessary.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornflour (cornstarch) with 1 tbs. water, until smooth.
  • Return the strawberries to a low heat.
  • Add the liquid cornflour to the strawberry puree, and turn up the heat to medium.
  • Stirring briskly, bring the strawberry puree to the boil, and boil for 2-3 mins.
  • Remove briefly from the heat and add the agar-agar powder to the strawberry puree.
  • Stir quickly to combine thoroughly.
  • Place the pan back on the heat and bring to a rapid boil, without stirring.
  • Boil rapidly for 3 mins. without stirring, in order to activate the agar-agar.
  • Remove from the heat.  It will be quite thick at this point.

Bring everything together:

  • Acting quickly, with the electric whisk in one hand, and the saucepan of strawberry puree in the other 🙂 , ( kitchen god/goddess or what 😉  ) …. quickly transfer the strawberry puree into the coconut milk mixture, and immediately whisk very thoroughly to combine.
  • Pour it all into a serving bowl.
  • Chill the fool for at least a couple of hours…. It will set in a soft creamy way, particularly if you’ve added Pimm’s.

Serve with extra strawbs.  and …btw. anyone for tennis?

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Peace

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Deuce

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Well done Serena, Andy et al 🙂

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