The subtle use of aromatics like lemon, black pepper and vanilla when roasting the berries enhances their flavour and sweetness. Berries and ice-cream, the quintessential summer dessert.
500 grams strawberries, hulled (about 2 punnets)
3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
finely grated zest 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½-1 teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon sea salt
good-quality vanilla bean ice cream
Equipment: Line a shallow roasting tray with baking paper.
Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.
Halve any large strawberries, leaving the medium and smaller ones whole. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and add the berries, tossing to coat. Tip onto the roasting tray, scraping in any juices left in the bowl and spread in a single layer.
Roast for about 20 minutes, turning once, until the strawberries are soft but still retain their shape. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
To serve: Place large scoops of ice cream on plates and spoon over the strawberries and pan juices.