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Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Chilled pea and mint soup with garlic croûtons


Cold soups are so refreshing on a hot day - be sure to serve this one super-chilled.

You'll need

2 tbsp olive oil 20 gm softened butter 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 750 ml (3 cups) vegetable or chicken stock 1 kg frozen peas, defrosted 1 bunch mint, coarsely chopped 2 tbsp crème fraîche, plus extra to serve (optional) 1 tbsp lemon juice   Garlic croûtons 16 thin baguette slices (about 1/3 baguette) For brushing: extra-virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, halved

Method

  • 01
  • Heat oil and butter in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic and sauté over low-medium heat until tender (15 minutes). Add stock and bring to the boil, then add peas and bring back to the boil. Add mint, remove from heat and process mixture in batches in a blender until smooth. Stir through crème fraîche and lemon juice, season to taste and refrigerate until well chilled.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for garlic croûtons, preheat oven to 180C. Place bread slices on an oven tray, brush both sides with olive oil and bake, turning once, until golden (5-10 minutes). Rub croûtons with the cut side of garlic, season to taste and cool. Croûtons will keep in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days.
  • 03
  • Serve soup chilled with garlic croûtons, and an extra dollop of crème fraîche and cracked pepper, if you like.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Fine, dry sparkling white wine.

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