1 3/4 kg (4 lb) Siúcra Granulated Sugar
1 3/4 kg (4 lb) Strawberries, hulled
Wash the strawberries and drain well. Place in a large bowl in layers with the sugar, cover and leave for 24 hours.Then place the contents of the bowl in a greased preserving pan or a large thick-based saucepan; heat slowly, stirring, to dissolve the sugar, then bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
Return the mixture to the bowl, cover and leave for a further 48 hours. Add the sugar and stir over a gentle heat until it is dissolved.
Then return it to the pan, bring to the boil and boil rapidly to setting point, about 10 minutes.
Allow to cool until a skin forms on the surface; stir, then pot and cover in the usual way; label and date. (See 'Potting and covering' for details).
Here you can find both satisfying and sweet treats for a very happy Easter weekend.
Time for citrus
Is there anything better than to start the morning with homemade marmalade on your toast. Let the season's citrus fruits inspire you.
Inspired by the Japanese breakfast staple, Puffed Pancakes with Strawberries, Cinnamon Syrup and Lemon Cream, served warm and straight from the pan are sure to be a winner with all the family.
Mmm! What could be better than a rich, sumptuous chocolate cake to lift the spirits – either as an indulgent treat or to round off a meal.
Cheesecakes of every kind
How about serving up a creamy, tangy cheesecake rather than a regular cake at your party? Cheesecakes come in many different variations, forms and flavours.