Sunday, 10 June 2012

Clotted Cream & Strawberry tart and cookies


I'm sure you've noticed that I love entering baking/blogging challenges so when I saw the Best of British Challenge on Chocolate Log Blog who is hosting this month I could hardly say no! Fiona from London Unattached and Karen from Lavender and Lovage came up with this brilliant challenge that will run for 6 months. Each month, a county or region around the UK is selected. To enter, blog about your interpretation of a recipe or dish from that region. The challenge is sponsored by New World Appliances and there is a prize of a £50 Amazon voucher. 



This month it's Cornwall and the first two things I thought of were clotted cream and strawberries. A quick search on google led me to a company that produces clotted cream and strawberry cookies but no recipe so I decided to make my own! It's a variation on a shortbread and I think the proportions still need some tweaking but I was quite pleased with the final result. 

In addition to the flower cookies, I also decided to make some mini tarts filled with clotted cream and fresh strawberry. These cookies/tarts are quite rich as they have butter and clotted cream but were absolutely delicious! There is a faint hint of strawberry in the cookie - I think I will have to add more next time.  Personally I preferred the tarts as I loved the 'extra' clotted cream and fresh strawberry. 

I'm also entering this to Tea Time Treats hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked and Karen from Lavender and Lovage as the theme this month is summer fruits. 



And to the one ingredient challenge hosted by Nazima from Working London Mummy and co-hosted by Laura from How to Cook Good Food.  The theme for June is strawberry.


As strawberries are in season, I'm also entering them to Simple and in Season created by Ren from Fabulicious Food and guest hosted this month by Laura from How to Cook Good Food


On to the recipe..... 

 Fresh strawberries, clotted cream, butter and freeze dried strawberries (I found it in Waitrose) 

 Mix the butter and clotted cream

 Adding the freeze dried strawberries at the end - such a pretty colour but turned brown after baking :( 

 I used my mini tart tray

 and cut some flower cookies 

 fill with clotted cream

 top with a fresh strawberry

 my new mini cake stand :) 


 cookies... 

.. or tarts? 

An original recipe by bakingaddict

100g butter, softened 
100g clotted cream
100g caster sugar
200g flour
50g cornflour
5g freeze dried strawberries (I would recommend using the whole tube which is 10g for a stronger strawberry flavour)

  • Preheat the oven to 170C.
  • Mix the butter and clotted cream in a medium sized bowl. 
  • Add the caster sugar, flour and cornflour.
  • Mix well. The dough will be slightly wet and sticky at this point.
  • Stir in the freeze dried strawberries. 
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes until firm.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut using cookie cutters. 
  • To make the mini tarts, I used a round cutter and pressed the dough into the mini tart tray. 
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 8 - 12 minutes (the mini tarts needed an extra minute or two). 
  • If you made the tarts, fill with a dollop of clotted cream and top with a fresh strawberry.
Check out Rodda's 101 excuses for clotted cream if you have any left over!

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Rodda's or anyone else. All opinions expressed are my own.



36 comments:

  1. How cute are these?!love the flavour combos

    Nom! X

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    1. Thanks! I was quite excited about making my own recipe :) You can't beat clotted cream and strawberry!

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  2. Fabulous! I wish I could eat strawberries (I have an allergy!)...but I bet they would work with raspberries too

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    1. Thanks! shame about the strawberry allergy but raspberries... now that's an idea ...I'm sure blueberries would work too :)

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  3. Strawberry tarts are a lovely idea as are the cookies and they look very pretty. Shortbread, strawberries and clotted cream are one of the best combinations ever and you've combined them beautifully. Well done for tracking down freeze dried strawberries, but what a shame they lost their colour. Thanks for entering these into Cornwall's Best of British - Good Luck.

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    1. Thanks I thought the fresh strawberries would go mushy in the dough so I was really pleased when I spotted these freeze dried ones. Thanks for hosting :)

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  4. Lovely tarts. Love how you used dried strawberries in the tart. I wish I could have one right now.umm nom nom

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    1. I wasn't sure if the fresh strawberries would work in the dough so I was pleased to find these freeze dried ones.

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  5. These look so delicious I can almost taste them - as said above, it's a shame the freeze dried strawberries didn't retain their colour, still, as long as the taste was there.

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    1. They definitely tasted good as its made from real strawberries. I might try using fresh strawberries next time and see what happens.

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  6. Your mini tarts are so cute! and the idea of putting freeze dried strawberries in the crust is genius! A friend came to stay last week and when we went shopping she picked up a pack of strawberry and cream biscuits for us, it's not something I would ever pick off the shelf, but I was surprised at how tasty they were! so I imagine yours are just as good!

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    1. It took a while to decide what to do and how to create the recipe. I started with clotted cream and strawberries and went from there! I was worried about using fresh strawberries in the dough so I was pleased to find these freeze dried ones (would be a good cupcake topping too!) They really were very tasty - rich and delicious!

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  7. How perfectly British is their recipe, I just love it! Also, thanks for letting me know that they stock freeze dried strawberries in Waitrose. I am really keen to try them and the thought of eating your little tarts using clotted cream in the crust is genius!
    Thanks for entering Simple and in Season!
    Laura@howtocookgoodfood xx

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    1. Thanks Laura! I really wanted it to reflect the spirit of the challenge - best of british cornwall. Waitrose is full of amazing things - I don't often shop there so I was like a kid in a candy store! x

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  8. Who doesn't love clotted cream. I may be American, but my grandparents were married in London in 1905. Love your post.. and idea of dried strawberries...

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    1. Yes clotted cream is amazing especially when paired with strawberries.

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  9. Your flower biscuits and mini tarts look so pretty on the cake stand - just perfect for a summer party! They sound delicious too :)

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    1. Yes they are very summery indeed - would be lovely if we had the weather to match :)

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  10. These contain everything delicious...impossible to eat just one, I bet!

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    1. Yes it was very hard to stop at one :)

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  11. A perfect entry as this just says British summertime to me - I just wish it was summer!

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    1. Thanks. Sadly, I think we've had our summer!

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  12. I have been meaning to try these new freeze dried strawberries. Such a shame they changed colour with baking. These look so light and lovely.

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    1. They are really good though - I think they'd make a good cupcake topping or mixed with ice cream.

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  13. I love the pastry... love it all but LOVE the pastry!

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    1. Thanks Dom! I was rather pleased with my recipe :)

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  14. How perfect! These look beautiful and they sound delicious. They make a perfect entry. I'll be cheering you on. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary! At least they tasted good - they didn't last long :)

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  15. Thank you so much for entering these beautiful little mouthwatering bakes into TTT! And a perfect entry for Best of British too!

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    1. Thanks for hosting. I love the theme this month and will try not to overload your table with my goodies ;-)

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  16. I love clotted cream and strawberries. Great tarts!

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  17. A FABULOUS entry to TEA TIME TREATS....LOVE the clotted cream and strawberries combo too....as you might know! LOVELY recipe Ros.....Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm so pleased that it worked :)

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  18. these are perfect for a wimbledon weekend! thanks for entering one ingredient x

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    1. Thanks for hosting a brilliant challenge - I love strawberries!

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