Strawberry ‘without the cheese’ cake

This is a really indulgent dessert that’s fast to make and great for dinner parties. 


Packet of good quality shortbread (ideally round shortbread biscuits) 

Carte D’or (it’s got to be) vanilla ice cream

500g fresh strawberries 

1 vanilla pod

1 tablespoon golden caster sugar 

2 x caramelised gingers crystal jellies (optional) 

4 tablespoons of Pimms 

– serves 4-



1. remove the tops of the strawberries and cut into quarters. Place in a small saucepan along with the Pimms, sugar, split vanilla pod and ginger crystals. Bring to the boil and then allow to simmer for approx 2 minutes, giving it an occasional stir (don’t lick the spoon, it’s scalding hot!) leave to cool for 1 minute whilst you prepare the rest of the dish

2. When you’re ready to serve, place 1 and a half biscuits into the bottom of a dessert bowl, smash them up a bit and then spoon three large heaps of ice cream into each bowl 

3. Spoon over your hot stawberries and a nice helping of sauce and serve immediately (before the ice cream melts!) 




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