RECIPE BY:

Courtney Roulston

SERVING SIZE:

2 – 4 people

INGREDIENTS:

  • 185g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 120g salted Lurpak butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 90g Philadelphia cream cheese, cold, cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons cream, cold

ALMOND BASE FILLING:

  • 50g Almond meal
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

TOP FILLING:

  • 500g strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 80g caster sugar
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour

GLAZE:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar
  • *Vanilla ice cream or double cream to serve

METHOD:

  • To make the pastry, place the flour, baking powder and butter into a food processor and blitz for 30 seconds or until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add in the cream cheese and pulse again to form crumbs, then add in the cream and pulse until the mixture comes together. Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and press into a disc.Wrap the dough in cling film and set aside in the fridge for 2 hours to rest.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix together the almond base ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine.
  • Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a 40cm circle around 3-4mm thick. Carefully transfer the pastry to a lined oven tray and sprinkle with the almond meal mixture leaving a 5cm border on the outside. Toss the strawberries with the sugar, orange and cornflour. Place the strawberries onto the almond mixture and carefully draw the pastry border up and over the filling, leaving an area uncovered. Brush the egg mixture all around the outside of the border and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving with Cream or vanilla ice cream.

Our friends at Wine Selectors recommend pairing this dish with a Moscato.

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