Sweet desserts that say spring in one mouthful. The minty sugar is such a pretty garnish – use it for everything, from cocktails to ice-cream sundaes!
- 1 punnet (approx 8-10 large) strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus ¼ for mint sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tbsp strawberry liqueur (optional)
- 2 tbsp gelatine, plus ¼ cup water
- 300ml cream, softly whipped
- ¼ cup white chocolate, grated
- Large handful of fresh mint leaves
1 Combine the strawberries, sugar, water and liqueur in a medium-sized saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes until soft.
2 Drain off ½ cup of strawberry syrup and set aside for serving. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatine over the water and allow to rest and absorb for 5 minutes. Stir into the hot strawberries and mix until dissolved. Cool for about 20 minutes.
3 In a large bowl, fold together the strawberry mixture, whipped cream and white chocolate, and spoon into serving glasses. Chill for 2 hours or until set. To serve, drizzle with reserved strawberry syrup and sprinkle over mint sugar.
4 For mint sugar, simply whiz together the mint and sugar until fine and green.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author