Fruit Salad with long pepper cream

This week the I ♥ Cooking Club members are diving into the spice rack …

©Red currant peach salad
Northern Germany has a great summer this year and every one is craving for cool food. There were still red currants and wonderful donut peaches on the weekly market and I leafed through Nigel Slater’s Tender * to get some inspiration. I stopped at warm peaches with summer berries on page 1118. Nigel sometimes uses members of the currant family to lift the flavours of sweeter fruits like peaches. But warm peaches at 30 °C? No way, just a salad.

I decided to combine peaches and red currants with the long pepper cream from Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking series.

© long pepper vanilla pod cardamom - Langpfeffer Vanille Kardamom
I have to admit, I never used long pepper before. Before chillies arrived from South America, cooks used long pepper. It looks like birch seeds and the flavour is lightly sweet and its taste is close to black pepper, but more sweet and a spicy, but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Fruit Salad with long pepper cream

©Fruit Salad with long pepper cream

is a great refreshing lunch on a hot summer day.

Fruit Salad with long pepper cream

YIELD: Serves 2

Before chillies arrived from South America, cooks used long pepper. The cream takes a lot of the heat out of the spice in Fruit Salad with long pepper cream.


  • 4 donut peaches
  • 2 hands red currants, stalks removed
  • 1 x 250 ml pot of cream or crème fraiche
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 cardamom seeds, crushed
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped from the pod
  • 5 long pepper spikes, snapped, cracked and ground


  1. Wash the fruit, cut peaches in halves, remove the stone and cut in slices. Arrange with red currants on a plate.
  2. Whisk the cream until soft peaks form. Mix the spices and vanilla seeds together.
    ©crushing spices
  3. Just before serving, fold the spice mixture into the cream, reserving a little to sprinkle on top for aroma.
  4. Dust with icing sugar.
  5. Serve with the peaches and red currants
    Long Pepper Cream with Fruit Salad from #nigelslater #food #homemade

total time: 25 minutes
preparation time: 10 minutes

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10 thoughts on “Fruit Salad with long pepper cream

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  2. Kaye

    Wow — coincidentally, I’ve just made my first dish with long pepper, as the topping for asparagus. And now I’ve got another recipe, very different, to use up my stash. This looks really tasty!

  3. Kim

    Ok, so I’ve never actually heard of a long pepper before and now I’m very curious. I love the how speckled the cream looks against the gorgeous red currants. This looks very appealing!

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