It’s a real showstopper from Kate
The Royal Norfolk Show is the social highlight of our farming year and a proper family day out. For me and my girls, Lucy and Rebecca, it’s the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in elegant clothes instead of our usual practical attire. My husband Dave always complains that I take too long getting ready to go and insist on wearing beautiful shoes instead of sensible boots and trousers (on wet show days I still wear a fabulous dress and hat but with wellies and an umbrella!) It may be shallow but it was one of my proudest moments when I was chosen as the “Best Dressed” visitor to the show, which meant I was treated to a champagne reception in the President’s Pavilion and was photographed by the press. This stopped Dave grumbling about my pre-show preening as he was really quite chuffed - although he did insist on telling everyone that I’d won ‘Best in Show’, but as I pointed out to him this title is reserved for the cattle!
My strawberry mousse cake is designed to look like one of the show’s stripy marquees and is flavoured like a real Royal Norfolk Show and Suffolk Show favourite, Pimms and lemonade. I have chosen to use a deliciously light strawberry mousse and then topped it with Pimms gelee. Set in the gelee are the classic Pimms garnishes of fresh mint, strawberries and cucumber. I like to use lovely sweet mini cucumbers that have tiny seeds and thin skin when they’re available in our local farm shop but regular ones are just fine too.
The mousse cake uses a sponge made like a boudoir biscuit as it is light and complements the mousse well without becoming soggy and thick, but if you want to simplify this recipe omit the sponge and pour the mousse into individual glasses.
As a base for the mousse I have used a sabayon made from a fabulous dessert wine from Adnams.
The dessert wine is sweet but not cloying and is much lighter than using a Muscat or Marsala.
Making sabayon is very satisfying and is a good skill for any baker to have as it works as a great base for lots of recipes.