Coles ambassador Michael Weldon shares his unexpected flavour matches and top cooking tips with in-season berries.
Blueberry and custard crumble: Take a packet of vanilla custard and mix with a punnet or two of blueberries, top with crumble and bake until golden. It doesn’t get much easier or more delicious.
Ice creams and sorbets are perfect with berries. For raspberry sorbet, blend raspberries into a juice then combine with a little vanilla, lemon zest, glucose and sugar. Chill and churn for a tart, sweet and juicy frozen treat that is perfect on its own or as part of a dessert.
Strawberry salad with feta: I love strawberries paired with savoury flavours. For me strawberry and feta salad is a summer favourite. Slice strawberries into rounds and mix with crumbled feta, thinly sliced shallots, baby spinach and a mustard vinaigrette with loads of cracked black pepper.
Berries have classic flavour matches: Strawberries and cream, raspberry and white chocolate, blackberry with apple. Here are some less common flavour matches, just as good as the classics but even more exciting:
Strawberry and black pepper. Sounds weird but tastes so good. The bright sweet berries are elevated to another level when served with black pepper, with the warmth and slight heat making the berries even more exciting.
Blueberries and bacon. The first time I tried this was adding bacon to blueberry pancakes and, wow, did it work! The bright sweet berry flavour works with the salty, fatty bacon to produce a perfect partnership.
Raspberry and lime. Although both are very bright and acidic I love the pairing. Limes accentuate the flavour of raspberries, the juice and zest making the raspberries taste even better. This pairing goes well in baking with white chocolate or is perfect turned to a summery granita.