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Welcome to the Toadstool Cottage Crafts blog.

Hi I'm Pip and this is my blog about the behind the scenes goings on of my business - Toadstool Cottage Crafts. I've always loved craft and sewing but last year I thought I'd see if I could make it into a business.

This blog is a way of sharing my journey with you the ups and downs the successes and disasters (and there have been a few!). I know it will at least give you something to laugh at, but hope it will provide you with tips and inspiration for your own craft endeavours! If you have a question or something to say just leave me a comment.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Happy Strawberry Parfait Day.

Hands up all those who knew that today June 25th was National Strawberry Parfait Day.

As I have been glued to Wimbledon since it started on Monday and getting a little envious of seeing people eating strawberries and cream, I thought perhaps I should make myself a Strawberry Parfait.

I couldn't find a recipe that I liked the sound of, so I decided to take a bit from one recipe and a bit from another and add a few bits that I liked and I came up with this....

Ingredients: Strawberries, Double Cream, Brown Sugar, Condensed Milk, Brandy (not essential!), Black Pepper, Muesli (or a flapjack!)

Keep a few strawberries for garnishing the finished parfait.
Add the remaining strawberries to a frying pan and sprinkle one dessertspoon of brown sugar over the strawberries.

Heat the strawberries gently - you don't want to make jam!
Once the strawberries have softened add a dessertspoon of Brandy (only if you fancy) and grind some black pepper all over the top.

Squash the strawberries a little and mix well.
Remove sufficient of the mix to fill your bowls/glasses.
Beat together 125ml of double cream and 125ml of condensed milk.
Once the cream and condensed milk are mixed together well, add the strawberry mixture that is still left in the pan.
Leave some of the juice in the pan for later.
Keep beating until this now pink mixture thickens.
Choose your bowls/glasses and add the strawberries to the bottom, then carefully add the cream mixture onto the top.


Slice the strawberries you kept back for garnishing and place on the top (mine are a little too large).
Scrape the juices from the pan and pour over the top.


Place in fridge to chill until required.
My original idea was to sprinkle muesli (or flapjack) over the top just before serving - but as my strawberries are so large I don't really have the space, and anyway I can always eat the flapjack later!!
Please let me know what you think if you make it.
Better still send me images of your Strawberry Parfait.