We Should Cocoa – The Strawberry Round-Up
Strawberries proved to be a popular choice for this month’s We Should Cocoa. We had our highest number of participants yet – 24 in total. As I have now come to expect with all the creative food bloggers out there, the diversity of entries is literally the proof of the pudding. It’s good to see contributors new and old. I know I sound like a stuck record, but I’d like to try each and every one of these. Do take a look at these posts, they are well worth the effort. And don’t forget to check out the Chocolate Teapot on July 1st for next month’s challenge.
A creature of habit, I am listing these in the order that they came in.
Dom, making a departure from his usual late arrival got us off to an early start with his Chocolate Roulade with Strawberries and Cream. What’s that I hear you ask, wasn’t that last month’s challenge? Well yes, Dom didn’t quite make it for the May Roulade round-up so snuck in first for this month instead.
A first entry for Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen. She needed to use up some egg whites, well what could be better than Chocolate Pavlovas with Strawberries?
A great idea for fizzing cake balls came from Nic of Daydream About Food with her Strawberry Cake Balls with Popping Candy. A bag of these fascinating summer truffles would not go amiss with me.
Amazingly not everyone in Suelle’s family likes strawberries. This meant she was unable to put strawberries in her actual baking, but served them on the side as recommended by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall! White Chocolate Blondies with Macerated Strawberries.
First timer Laura of Chocolate & Pears made these Chocolate Strawberry Fairy Cakes. These are deceptive, they look like simple chocolate cakes (nothing wrong with that), but are hiding a secret stash of strawberry jam.
Sarah of What I Baked This Weekend made a stack of Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes. I do so like this combination, but Sarah went one stage further and used rosewater in the cream filling.
Shortbread was a popular choice but Snowy of Cookbooks Galore had a different take on it. She used grated chocolate in her Strawberry Shortcake Stack and mascarpone instead of cream.
Carly of Tart to Heart always has such stunning photos of her creations that I always want to eat them straight off the screen. She’s used her abiding love of eclairs for this month’s entry with these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Eclairs.
Individual roasted strawberry chocolate cupcakes flavoured with intense roasted strawberry purée. The Italian meringue buttercream wasn’t a success, but the cakes tasted fabulous.
I’m getting the idea that stunning cakes layered with meringues are a speciality of Flourvonsponge of Sniff & Snort. This month she has given us Meringue, Chocolate, Butterscotch and Strawberries.
Something completely different from Working London Mummy. She has gone for a double chocolate whammy with her Dark Chocolate Ravioli with Creme Anglaise and Lemon Lavender Infused Strawberries. And get this, the pasta is actually stuffed with chocolate!
Time for a tart methinks. Luckily Kate of Kate’s Cakes and Bakes thought so too. Along with her Double Chocolate and Strawberry Tart, she also provided a few interesting strawberry facts.
Although disappointed that her muffins hadn’t risen into a dome, C of Cake Crumbs and Cooking had to admit that her White Chocolate and Strawberry Muffins tasted good. I’m very sure they tasted good and the inside looks particularly tempting.
Hanna of Corner Cottage Bakery came up with a great twist on the classic nachos with her Chips and Dips. A chocolate natcho shaped biscuit to dip into strawberry salsa.
First timer Paula from SweetHart Cakes and Bakes went for a great classic, strawberries dipped in chocolate. But it didn’t end there, oh no, these were just the finishing touches to her Chocolate strawberries AND cream.
Aveen of Baking Obsessively had to think “mushy”. She’d just had her wisdom tooth taken out and couldn’t eat anything she had to chew. No problem, she came up with Stracciatella Ice Cream with Macerated Strawberries, which I defy anyone not to enjoy.
Not to be outdone and reasoning that it is indeed summer, Phil of As Strong As Soup plumped for ice cream too. Made with yogurt, you could kid yourself that this Strawberry and White Chocolate Ice is almost healthy! Phil even throws in a recipe for Langues de Chat – just in case anyone’s starting to feel virtuous.
Disappointed with the look of my Fairy Cakes, I am naughtily sneaking in another entry that I made earlier in the month – Strawberry and Chocolate Hearts.
These Strawberry Goat Cheese Brownies are a top selling item for Victoria of The District Chocoholic – is anyone surprised?
Michelle of Food, Football and a Baby gave us more of the delicious strawberry shortbread combination with her Strawberry and Chocolate Shortcake. Whilst you are drooling over this, do check out her home made cake stand.
Now you just can’t have enough of strawberries, cream and shortbread in my humble opinion. This is obviously echoed by Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker who made these Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes.
After trying two recipes for strawberry truffles, Chele finally hit the jackpot and got her third time lucky with these beautiful heart shaped White Chocolate and Strawberry Truffles. Chele is a master temperer and I think I must pop up to Edinburgh for lessons.
Now what a hard choice to make, scones made with raspberries or scones made with strawberries? BrownieVilleGirl plumped for the latter on this occasion. Scone in No Time made with frozen butter also contained white chocolate.
First timer Jean of Baking in Franglais had Wimbledon very much in mind for this challenge. Her Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins would be just the thing to munch on whilst watching a match.
Another first timer, Lesley of Sew Happy Me will have delighted her guests by making this Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake. I am particularly pleased by this entry as Lesley is my aunt and as far as I know, the only member of my family to not only read this blog but to also have a blog of her own.