This time I headed to the countryside, you don’t have to travel far from London to enjoy the best of the English country views and walks . Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, part of the National trust with plenty of different walks to enjoy . I did the happy Valley walk, up the steep hills in the middle of the woods, the walk took about an hour and I enjoyed every minute,at the top of the hill views were amazing, we got there around lunch time, the perfect timing for a picnic with a view !
After a relaxing lunch and some rolling down the hill, we made our way down, ending the walk at the stepping stones; a landmark on the river Mole. We crossed the river and went back to Westhumble village, with its pretty cottages, where we first started the walk .
Inspired by this walk, when I got back home I wanted to cook something that gave me all that nature feeling. The berries that I saw along the walk gave me the idea for this very summery Berry Galette .
1 sheet of shortcrust pastry
2 tbsp of jam, I used plum jam
2 tbsp of ground almond
A handful of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries
Juice and zest of half of an orange
2 tbsp of brown sugar
Some mint leaves
After washing well the berries put them in a bowl, drizzle the sugar and add the orange juice and half of the zest, leave it to soak for about 30 min so the fruit absorbs well the orange juice.
After spread the pastry in a tray and fold the edges to make it a circular or oval shape, spread the jam, sprinkle the grounded almonds and the rest of the orange zest. Remove all the juice from the fruit and spread over the pastry . Spread some honey on the edges of the pastry and sprinkle some sugar oval. Bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven for about 20 min until the pastry is nice and golden.
Allow to cool down and decorate with mint leaves and serve with on it’s own or with natural yogurt .
One small note, in this occasion I didn’t soak or baked the blueberries, it was a personal choice as I wanted to have something raw but it’s up to personal choice.