I love summer, it is my favourite season! There are so many opportunities to go on family trips here and there or simply enjoy being in the garden together. Although, it seems the weather didn’t get the memo about summer yet as we are seeing more rainy days than not at the moment! Last Thursday though, we managed to find a break in the rain to go strawberry picking. I haven’t been since I was about 2 years old and so didn’t really know what to expect, although I did have visions of the girls running through rows of strawberry plants…. bit of an old romantic really aren’t I?
Unfortunately for my romantic side, the plants were actually up high on tables and the ground was like a bog! Haha!! So there is us, dressed for summer wearing flip flops and sandals, squelching our way up and down the tunnels. So glam!
The girls still had a great time though and managed to sneak one or ten strawberries into their mouths instead of the baskets.
I would say we ended up with about 300 strawberries in total and as we drove home it suddenly dawned on me that although we’d had a lovely time picking them all, it was going to be down to me to actually do something with them. So, over the last few days I have been busy in the kitchen making various desserts. The first of which I am going to share with you today!
No mess, simply because it is a cheat’s version. I am all about saving time and getting the best results without having to do too much prep, so this is just such recipe!
Now you may be a dab hand at making meringues but I have never successfully made them and so I just used a pack of ready made meringues from the supermarket. I think the fact you are smashing them up and adding other ingredients means that is acceptable, right?
So what do you need?
A pack of 8 large meringue nests
570ml double cream
450g fresh strawberries
Thats easy isn’t it?
The girls broke up the nests into smallish pieces while I chopped up the strawberries. I left a few for decoration – making sure they were all of a similar size. I then whisked the double cream until it was a nice thick consistency. It was then time to combine the ingredients – I used my hands for this as I didn’t have a big enough bowl (we were at a friend’s house), although it probably gave a better mix that way anyway.
Once everything was nicely combined I dolloped it onto a plate and added the strawberries around the edge – looks yummy doesn’t it? I’d love to tell you it tastes nice but I can only pass on the compliments from everyone else who tried it. I am allergic to strawberries so couldn’t even enjoy the fruits of my labour (see what I did there?). Everyone enjoyed it and Mr F had seconds and thirds, so it must have been delicious!
Let me know if you make it, I’d love to see your pics!