Berry platter with sheep’s labneh and orange oil recipe

September 16, 2020 7:35:30 AM

Berry platter with sheep’s labneh and orange oil recipe

Yotam Ottolenghi loves recipes requiring “little effort with a lot of interest and an ‘aha!’ moment in them.”

This dish is exactly that – all you have to do is get the yoghurt draining 24 hours ahead and voila! You’ve got your own labneh. Shop bought labneh or yoghurt mixed with double cream will do the trick if you didn’t prepare the day before – and it’s delicious topped with berries and an orange-infused oil.

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On Monday we spent the day at Wolves Lane Community Gardens filming something very special to celebrate the release of FLAVOUR (out in just 7 weeks!!!!) Here’s a few behind the scenes snaps- swipe to see all the food we made, and preorder your copy if you want to make it too! Grateful to have the most wonderful creative team on board directing + filming @childstudio__ @joshrenaut @tayo.rap @miazipporah @bustergreyjung . Wolves Lane Centre in Haringey is run by a consortium of community organisations and volunteers. The aim is to develop a thriving centre for growing and distributing wholesome food and a space for the local food economy to develop through education, enterprise and events, making good food accessible to all and building a healthier, more sustainable food culture in the area.

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Berry platter with sheep’s labneh and orange oil from Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage

(Serves six)

900g sheep’s yoghurt, or cow’s yoghurt as an alternative
½tsp salt
100ml good-quality olive oil
10g lemon thyme sprigs, plus a few extra picked thyme leaves to serve
1 orange: finely shave the skin to get 6 strips
200g blackberries
250g raspberries
300g strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways (or quartered if they’re larger)
50g caster sugar
1 lime: finely grate the zest to get 1 tsp, then juice to get 1 tbsp
200g blueberries
150g cherries, pitted

Berry Platter
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1. Put the yoghurt and salt into a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Line a colander with a piece of muslin large enough to hang over the sides and place the colander over a bowl. Transfer the yoghurt to the muslin and fold over the sides to completely encase the yoghurt. Place a heavy weight over the muslin (a few tins or jars will do), and transfer to the fridge to drain for at least 24 hours (and up to 48).

2. Meanwhile, put the oil into a small saucepan, for which you have a lid, on a medium heat. Heat gently for about seven minutes, or until tiny air bubbles form. Remove from the heat, add the thyme and orange strips, then cover with a lid and leave to infuse, ideally overnight, though half an hour will also do the job.

3. The next day, put 50g of blackberries, 100g of raspberries and 100g of strawberries into the small bowl of a food processor along with the sugar and lime juice and blitz until completely smooth. Put all the remaining berries and the cherries into a large bowl along with the blitzed fruit and gently combine. You can serve it straight away or leave it in the fridge for a few hours, bringing it back to room temperature before serving.

4. Spread the labneh out on a large platter. Spoon over the berries, then sprinkle with the lime zest. Drizzle with two tablespoons of the infused oil, along with a couple of the orange strips and the extra picked thyme leaves.

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Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage, photography by Jonathan Lovekin, is published by Ebury Press, priced £27. Available now