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    Macerated Strawberries, Palo Cortado Sherry Spanish Dessert Recipes 5 1 5 0

    Macerated Strawberries in Palo Cortado Sherry with Sablée biscuit and Thyme Ice Cream

    • Serves 4 people
    • Complexity Easy
    Prep time
    15 mins
    Cook time
    1hr 20 mins
    Total time
    1hr 35 mins
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    • 400g English strawberries, tops trimmed off
    • 150ml stock syrup
    • 300ml palo cortado sherry
    • Fresh thyme and lemon peel to garnish
    • For the sablée biscuit:
    • 125g plain flour
    • 100g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and slightly softened
    • 50g icing sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 egg yolk
    • For the thyme ice cream:
    • 300ml fresh whole milk
    • 300ml double cream
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 6 egg yolks
    • Large bunch of fresh thyme
    • Peel of 1 lemon


    This beautiful Spanish-inspired dessert showcases how great sherry works with fruit desserts. Fresh strawberries are lightly macerated in a warm reduction of palo cortado sherry before serving them with a dollop of thyme infused ice cream on a crispy sablée biscuit.


    1. To make the ice cream, heat the milk and cream with the lemon peel and thyme and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover with cling film. Allow the mix to infuse for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until pale and thick. Return the milk mixture to the heat, bring to the boil, remove from the heat and strain without the lemon and thyme into the egg mixture and mix well. Return the mix to the pan and with a wooden spoon stir constantly on a gentle heat without allowing the mixture to boil until a nice custard of single cream consistency is achieved, it takes about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool down, once it’s cold pour into the ice cream maker churning the mix for around 20 minutes or following the guidelines of your ice cream maker. Place in a suitable container, cover and freeze until required.
    2. For the sablée biscuits, heap the flour on the work surface and make a well. Put in the butter, icing sugar and salt. With your fingertips, mix and cream the butter with the sugar and salt, then add the egg yolk and work it delicately with your fingertips. Little by little, draw the flour into the centre and work the mixture until you have a homogeneous dough. Using the palm of your hand, push the dough away from you 3 or 4 times until its completely smooth. Roll it into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to 170°C/340°F/Gar Mark 3. Roll out the pastry to a 2 to 3mm thickness and cut out 8 discs with a 9cm fluted pastry cutter. Using a 3cm plain cutter, cut a whole in the centre of half of the discs. Transfer the sables to a baking sheet with a palette knife and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until pale blonde.
    3. For the strawberries, place the sherry in a medium size saucepan, bring to the boil and reduce by half. Add the stock syrup and mix well. Place the strawberries in a large bowl, pour the warm sherry syrup, cover with cling film, and allow to macerate for 10 minutes.
    4. To serve, place one whole sablée biscuit in the centre of a pasta bowl, place a large spoonful of the macerated strawberries and pour some of the sherry syrup. Place a hollow sablée biscuit on top of the strawberries, followed by a quenelle of thyme ice cream. Sprinkle some fresh thyme leaves, thyme flowers and grate some lemon zest.

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