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    Strawberries in sweet lemon, cardamom and black peppercorn syrup

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    Strawberries in sweet lemon, cardamom and black peppercorn syrup

    • Preparation time: 5 minutes plus standing time
    • Cooking time: 5 minutes
    • Total time: 10 minutes plus standing time 10 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    2 x 225g packs essential Waitrose Strawberries (small if possible), washed
    1 unwaxed lemon
    12 cardamom pods
    ¼ tsp whole black peppercorns
    225g caster sugar
    ¼ tsp Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste

    Method

    1. Place the strawberries into a large bowl or on a large, deep platter. Remove the zest from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. Lightly crush the cardamom and black peppercorns in a pestle and mortar.

    2. Warm 200ml water in a small pan with the sugar, vanilla paste, zest, cardamom and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.

    3. Pour over the strawberries and leave to stand for at least 15 minutes before serving with lightly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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