We are so lucky that in Spain the strawberry season is fairly long, from February to June! We love them and right now they are featured on our menu, served in a delicious dessert Thomas has created. “Ceviche” is a known dish(originated from South America), but mainly served as a cold starter with fish, lime, chili, coriander as the main ingredients. With this fish salad in mind Thomas came up with the idea to a “dessert ceviche”; with strawberries, lime, chili, fresh mint and pistachios. This dessert has been praised by many of our guests and quite a few have asked for the recipe. Now it is for you all to try and it is very easy to make:
(serves 4 persons)
2 dl of milk
1 dl of full cream
75 grams of sugar
¼ vanilla pod
20 grams of maizena
2 egg yolks
Toppings: Strawberry ceviche
2 spoonful sugar
½ dl water
¼ vanilla pod
½ small red chili
4 fresh chopped mint leaves
2 spoonful toasted pistachios without shells
How to make the cream:
Bring milk, cream, sugar and vanilla to the boiling point.
Whisk lightly together, in a bowl, the egg yolks and maizena. Slowly pour the cream/milk into the egg yolks, while whisking. When well mixed pour everything up in the pot again. Put it on low heat and whisk until it becomes thick (1-2 minutes…), then take it off the heat and sieve it and refrigerate it until you need it.
This is called English cream!
How to make the strawberry ceviche:
Clean in cold water the strawberries, nip the green top off and cut each in 4 or 6 pieces.
Grate the zest of 1 lime and juice both of them, put juice and zest in a small pot with the sugar, water, vanilla and chili. Bring it to the boil and let it cool off in the pot. Sieve it and marinate the strawberries for a few minutes in it. Just before serving mix in the chopped mint leafs and toasted pistachio nuts.
Pour the English cream about halfway up, in 4 glasses. The other half you fill with the strawberry ceviche.
Serve them with a crusty cracker and maybe some shredded, freeze dried chili as in the photo.
When the strawberry season is over, you can replace them with watermelon, peaches etc. (or with the seasonal fruits and berries in your part of the world) as will we in the restaurant.