For the charlotte

500g/1lb 2oz strawberries, roughly chopped

icing sugar, to taste

115g/4oz  lactose free butter

10 slices gluten free white bread

For the custard

200ml/7fl oz lactose free double cream

200ml/7fl oz lactose free milk

1 vanilla pod, split in half, seeds scraped out

6 free-range eggs, yolks only

75g/3oz caster sugar

Serves - 4


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place a third of the strawberries into a food processor and blend to a purée with a touch of icing sugar.

Check the strawberry purée is sweet enough then place in a bowl with the rest of the strawberries and mix well.

Meanwhile, melt the lactose free butter and cut the crusts off the gluten free bread. Cut the slices in half, and then each half into four slices to get small fingers.

Dip each piece of gluten free bread in the melted lactose free butter and line the moulds, reserving enough gluten free bread for the lids.

Once the moulds are lined, spoon in the strawberries and top with more bread that has been dipped in melted lactose free butter.

Place the charlottes on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden-brown on top.

For the custard, place the lactose free cream and milk into a saucepan along with the vanilla pod and seeds and bring to a gentle simmer for five minutes to infuse.

Place the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk together until pale and fluffy.

Pour the hot lactose free milk onto the eggs and stir well, then return to the pan and cook, stirring continuously until just thickened. Strain the custard through a sieve into a clean pan.

To serve, remove the charlottes from the oven and set aside to cool slightly, then carefully turn them out onto a four serving plates and serve immediately. Serve the charlottes, topped with a spoonful of custard.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food
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