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Recipes: Make the most of strawberries

I always buy strawberries on my birthday – and my Mum’s on June 4 and my Dad’s on June 8. So it’s great to get some recipes from Aldi. Scones and a lovely refreshing drink to go with it.

To support Britain’s strawberry growers, the supermarket is calling on the nation to try a selection of strawberr-ific recipes this summer, which can be enjoyed from the park, balcony or your own back garden. Dip in chocolate, bake in a cake or enjoy an alcohol free strawberry lemonade as detailed below.

Get your fresh British strawberries at Aldi for just £2.79, available in store now.

Ingredients

70g blended butter

450g self-raising flour

70g caster sugar

50g raisins, optional

150ml semi-skimmed milk

Extra milk for glazing the scones

6-7 tbsps strawberry jam

½ pint double cream, very lightly whipped

500g strawberries, washed, hulled and cut in half

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

Carefully rub the butter into the flour, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Next, add the caster sugar and raisins (if you are adding) then mix well but lightly, and then add enough milk to form a soft dough.

Handle gently, and turn out onto a floured surface, knead slightly, then roll out with a rolling pin, to about 2-3 cm thick. Using a plain or fluted 6cm cutter, cut out 10 scones, there will be a little mixture left, re-roll and cut out two further scones.

Place on a parchment lined baking tray and leave to rise for 10 minutes.

When ready, brush each one with a little milk and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or so until well browned and risen, then remove from the oven and cool.

To serve, cut each scone in half, place ½ tbsp of jam onto each half and then top with cream and finally two halves of strawberry.

Top Tips

Leaving the scones to rest slightly will give you a lighter end result.

The quicker you cook the scones, the softer the end result.

Raisins are an optional extra; personally I love them in scones.

Once cooked and cooled, keep in an airtight bag or container to keep them soft and fresh.

Aldi’s Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Wash down your scones with a refreshing glass of Homemade Strawberry Lemonade. Aldi’s punchy combination of strawberries, lemons and sparkling elderflower offers sweet and sour flavours, providing a true delight for all the senses. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve on ice, this invigorating drink will ensure that you stay ‘berry’ hydrated on a hot summer’s day.

Ingredients

600g Strawberries, hulled

Juice of 3 Lemons

100g Caster Sugar

1 litre Sparkling Elderflower Water

Ice to serve

Method

Combine the lemon juice and caster sugar and mix well.

Chop the strawberries into quarters.

Put them into a food processor with the lemon and sugar – pulse until smooth.

Mix the strawberry purée with the sparkling water and ice, then serve.

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