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Berry nice! Try Rachel Allen’s sunny strawberry recipes for a gluten-free cake and rose-scented meringues

Strawberries are the essence of summer and complement many other flavours, including rose, hazelnut and vanilla. Here are four recipes to try

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Rachel Allen's strawberry and hazelnut cake. Photo: Tony Gavin

Rachel Allen's strawberry and hazelnut cake. Photo: Tony Gavin

"Strawberries pair beautifully with hazelnuts." Photo: Tony Gavin

"Strawberries pair beautifully with hazelnuts." Photo: Tony Gavin

"Half meringue and half cake, this hazelnut and strawberry cake is an elegant dish that uses a few ingredients to impressive effect." Photo: Tony Gavin

"Half meringue and half cake, this hazelnut and strawberry cake is an elegant dish that uses a few ingredients to impressive effect." Photo: Tony Gavin

"Baking strawberries softens and sweetens the fruit beautifully"

"Baking strawberries softens and sweetens the fruit beautifully"

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Rachel Allen's strawberry and hazelnut cake. Photo: Tony Gavin

Juicy red berries, jam-packed with sweetness, are just perfect for sunshiny shakes, bakes, brunches and cocktails. I love when the first of the Irish strawberries hit the shops and roadside stalls. It’s a true sign of summer and brings with it the hope for warm bright days and balmy evenings. Strawberries are surely the sunniest fruit of all.

Strawberries pair beautifully with hazelnuts — and many other foods — and this delicious gluten-free hazelnut and strawberry cake, below, has an almost ethereal lightness. It’s topped, pavlova-style, with softly whipped cream and sweet red strawberries, and would make a super end to a summer meal.


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