It’s miraculous how the earth becomes suddenly more alive with the arrival of spring. It gives birth to the most colourful and flavoursome fruits and vegetables, beckoning us to use them in all sorts of dishes, savoury or sweet.
Strawberries are to me the epitome of spring. Their vibrant red colour, their irresistible sweet smell, their honeyed fresh flavour, is capable of transforming a simple dessert into a thing of beauty. This puff pastry tart is covered with vanilla-flavoured mascarpone and topped with ripe, halved strawberries. A final dusting of icing sugar completes the picture, but if you’re feeling more decadent, replace the icing sugar with a generous drizzling of melted dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids).