The 3 Piece Berry Bowl & Colander Set is an incredibly useful bit of kit. As you'd expect it's a great size for rinsing and washing berries, grains and all manner of other ingredients.
The set stores in one neat unit and comes with a snap on lid for the bowl - this is great, especially for soft fruits, it makes picking, rinsing and storage incredibly easy.
The 1.7l bowl has a non-slip silicone base which is brilliant! If only all bowls had this, it's far better than putting a tea towel underneath to hold it still.
I'm using the 3 Piece Berry Bowl & Colander Set to assist me in making Meringue and Puff Pastry Slices with Berries from the Cooking With Fruit recipe book from Parragon.
Meringue And Puff Pastry Slices With Berries
Approx 500g ready rolled puff pastry (if you are using shop bought e.g. Jus Roll then 2 sheets)
Plain flour, for dusting
1 egg yolk, beaten
30g flaked almonds
200ml whipping cream
125g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
2 egg whites
icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Line a 30cm x 40cm baking tray with baking paper.
Divide the pastry into 2 piles, using 3 layers of pastry in each (if you are using shop bought pastry cut each sheet into 3). Dust with flour and roll out to a thickness of 5mm. Lay the pastry on the prepared tray.
Brush the top of both slabs of pastry with the beaten egg yolk. Sprinkle the almonds over the top and bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for around 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Whip the cream with 25g of the sugar until it holds stiff peaks. Cover and chill in the fridge until required.
Prepare your fruit. This is where the Oxo Good Grips 3 Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set comes in. As we're well out of season I was unable to get the suggested fruits, so instead I'm using frozen cherries, fresh strawberries and tinned blackcurrants.
Drain excess juice from defrosted fruits to avoid the colour bleeding and prevent everything going soggy.
Rinse fresh fruits to remove pesticides, insects and dirt.
Tinned fruits in syrup can make a sweet dish sickly, I prefer to rinse them when possible. Drain the juice, syrup or other liquid.
Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks, whisk in the remaining sugar a little at a time and add the vanilla seeds. Beat until the egg white is glossy and holds stiff peaks, then fold in the whipped cream.
Split each piece of pastry in half horizontally. Spread the bottom halves with the meringue mixture and scatter the berries on top.
Top with the remaining pastry halves. Dust with icing sugar and cut each piece into 4 slices.Enjoy!
The Oxo Good Grips 3 Piece Berry Bowl & Colander Set is available from High Street stores everywhere. To find your local stockist click here.
Cooking With Fruit from Parragon Books has an RRP of £8 and I've reviewed it here.
I received my Oxo Good Grips 3 Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set, and Parragon Books Cooking With Fruit for review.