Caramelised strawberry dipping kebabs

caramelised strawberry dipping kebabs

Serves 6

  • 6 long woody sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 600 g strawberries (roughly 20 fruits)

  • 120 g caster sugar, plus 1 teaspoon extra

  • 100 g mascarpone

  • 25 ml limoncello

  • 1 lemon, zest of

If you can't get long woody sprigs of rosemary, you can use wooden skewers instead. Strip most of the leaves off of the rosemary sprigs, leaving a 1cm nice tip at the end of each one. Finely chop the leaves from half a sprig, keep the rest for a different recipe. Divide the strawberries between the skewers, lay them on a serving board or platter and put to one side.



Place a pan on a medium heat. Add the sugar and 200ml of water and bring to the boil. Remember that sugar gets really hot and can burn easily so don't be tempted to touch it. Let the sugar dissolve then leave it to bubble away for 12 to 15 minutes, or until you have a fairly thick syrup. Jiggle the pan occasionally but don't stir it.



Meanwhile, mix the mascarpone with the remaining teaspoon of caster sugar. Have a taste and a little more if it needs it. Beat it for a few minutes with a wooden spoon, or until it goes really shiny and smooth. Add the limoncello, chopped rosemary and lemon zest, then mix again until well combined and transfer into a little serving bowl for dipping.



Once the caramel is lovely and golden, carefully pour it over the strawberry kebabs, trying to make sure they're all evenly coated. Again, don't be tempted to touch as the caramel will still be really hot. Leave the caramel to set then serve the kebabs with the tweaked mascarpone on the side for dipping.

Nutritional Information

Method

It's a bit retro, but everyone loves a toffee apple from time to time. There's something strangely exciting about getting all sticky and messy as you eat it. These kebabs are like the strawberry equivalent of a toffee apple. Look for lovely big fruits if you can as they'll work better. They are messy to eat, but are great fun for a party, and I've given you an easy sweet dip recipe to enjoy on the side. Don't let the kids help you with this one as the caramel gets super hot.

If you can't get long woody sprigs of rosemary, you can use wooden skewers instead. Strip most of the leaves off of the rosemary sprigs, leaving a 1cm nice tip at the end of each one. Finely chop the leaves from half a sprig, keep the rest for a different recipe. Divide the strawberries between the skewers, lay them on a serving board or platter and put to one side.

Place a pan on a medium heat. Add the sugar and 200ml of water and bring to the boil. Remember that sugar gets really hot and can burn easily so don't be tempted to touch it. Let the sugar dissolve then leave it to bubble away for 12 to 15 minutes, or until you have a fairly thick syrup. Jiggle the pan occasionally but don't stir it.

Meanwhile, mix the mascarpone with the remaining teaspoon of caster sugar. Have a taste and a little more if it needs it. Beat it for a few minutes with a wooden spoon, or until it goes really shiny and smooth. Add the limoncello, chopped rosemary and lemon zest, then mix again until well combined and transfer into a little serving bowl for dipping.

Once the caramel is lovely and golden, carefully pour it over the strawberry kebabs, trying to make sure they're all evenly coated. Again, don't be tempted to touch as the caramel will still be really hot. Leave the caramel to set then serve the kebabs with the tweaked mascarpone on the side for dipping.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 179
    9%
  • Carbs 24.1g
    9%
  • Sugar 24g 27%
  • Fat 7.2g 10%
  • Saturates 4.8g 24%
  • Protein 1.5g 3%
Of an adult's reference intake

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