Lately I have been able to get strawberries picked fresh that morning. They taste heavenly and I often eat them one by one as I am reading or working. But they also get made into strawberry jam, baked strawberries and now, this ancient recipe found in my pile of recipes – Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic.
This recipe combines 3 unusual items that go well with strawberries – balsamic vinegar which adds a sweet flavour with some tartness, black pepper adds some heat, and thyme or basil add a herby edge. Mostly unknown, these herbs go well with sweet fruit desserts including fruit salad.
Are you looking for more strawberry recipes? You might try these: Avocado and Strawberry Salad, Delicious Baked Strawberries and here, very pretty Fresh Pink Strawberry Frappe, Nigel’s Strawberries with a Mint Raspberry Sauce, and a wonderful Strawberry or Raspberry Sorbet. Then there is Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Syrup.
Strawberries with Sticky Balsamic
Source : Adapted from The Budding Cook
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: none
Serves: 2 – 4 people, depending how you use it
20 fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 tspn of sugar (I use jaggery, but white sugar is Ok too)
a scant 0.25 ground black pepper
leaves from 2 stalks thyme, or 2 – 3 finely chopped basil leaves
0.33 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tspn sugar
I tspn fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp mascarpone at room temperature
2 tspn sugar
1 tspn vanilla essence
Gently toss the strawberries with the sugar and with the black pepper and thyme or basil if you are using them. Let them stand for 15 minutes or so until the strawberries have released their juices.
While the strawberries are macerating, combine the balsamic vinegar, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and the vinegar is reduced to a syrup-like consistency. This takes about 5 or 6 minutes. Cool.
Whip together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla essence.
Mix the strawberries with the cooled balsamic syrup. Place the strawberries with their juices and most of the syrup into a beautiful glass bowl. Top with the whipped mascarpone and drizzle with any remaining balsamic syrup.
The strawberry and balsamic mixture can be baked in a moderate oven for 10 minutes before serving with the mascarpone.