Strawberries with Balsamic Whipped Cream

March 24th, 2008


Perhaps I have been reading a little too much Alice Waters, but really, can you possibly do any better than fresh berries and whipped cream? I have a soft spot, particularly, for this dessert, because I ordered it on one of my very first dates with my fiancé, at one of those Greenwich Village mock-european cafes that shut down and are reopen about 3 or 4 times a year. The restaurant is long gone, we are several years older, but I remember it vividly because it was the last time that I saw a simple bowl of strawberries and cream on an actual restaurant menu.

But as I was leaving work on Friday, I read my copy of “Kitchen Confidential” on the subway, alternatively laughing and gasping with horror as Bourdain’s description of the restaurant industry touched various nerves. But he wrote, at one point, about a particular dessert that he missed at one of his restaurants: macerated strawberries with balsamic vinegar, sugar and a little mint.

Yum, I thought.


And, lucky girl that I am, I stopped by the grocery store on my way home, and noticed some beautiful packages of organic strawberries that were most certainly not there yesterday. Fate was lining up for me, obviously, and I was far from resisting.

But I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of a strawberry dish without whipped cream.  I left the strawberries plain, but you could macerate them if that appeals to you. I’ll happily have a glass of wine with dessert, but I’ve never been much of a fan of desserts made with taste-able alcohol. Fresh mint would have been a great addition, as a garnish or finely chopped and sprinkled into the whipped cream, so add that if you have it on hand! But this was great, and so easy, just on its own.

There is something so elegant about brightly colored berries with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. With summer just around the corner, I can’t recommend this enough.


Strawberries with Balsamic Whipped Cream

2 cups fresh strawberries, leaves removed
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar (or more, your preference)
3 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar

Combine cream, sugar and vinegar in a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for about five minutes, until soft peaks form. Serve a large dollop alongside 1/2 cup of strawberries per person.

Serves 4.


Tags: desserts · food

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 adele // Mar 24, 2008 at 8:18 am

    This is probably my favorite way to serve strawberries. (Note that I said “serve” and not “eat” – somehow, really good strawberries always disappear between the time of their purchase and my arrival at home.)

  • 2 emily // Mar 24, 2008 at 9:58 am

    katy this sounds fantastic.  i like straweberies drizzled with a balsamic reduction over really good vanilla ice cream.  too cold for ice cream today unfortunately…

  • 3 Kitt // Mar 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Delicious! Strawberries and balsamic are such a great combination. You can make strawberry balsamic frozen yoghurt or ice cream, too (I made some last fall that was stellar).  And I know you said you don’t like boozy desserts, but strawberries with Athol Brose is wonderful, too. It’s whipped cream with honey, scotch and oatmeal. If you want the recipe, I can post it here or email it to you.

  • 4 Joy // Mar 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    This is a gorgeous recipe!  So simple and so delicious.  I’m been on a non stop strawberry kick recently and this combination will most certainly go in the mix.

  • 5 Elle // Mar 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Simple and delicious, two of my favorite things!  When the strawberries start hitting the stores, I can usually be found relaxing in the evening with a big old bowl of them, just cut and sprinkled with a little something sweet.  I love the idea of adding the vinegar to the cream!

  • 6 MyKitchenInHalfCups // Mar 24, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    And right you are Katy!  This is positively a wonderful simple and elegant dessert.  I think I have enough strawberries in the fridge for tonight.

  • 7 NuJoi // Mar 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Wow.  I usually put balsamic on the strawberries and serve the ewhipped cream on the side.  I never thought about making balsamic whipped cream.  Cool!

  • 8 katy // Mar 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Adele — No kidding!  Mine never last more than a night either!

    Emily — It is *never* too cold for ice cream.

    Kitt — I would love the recipe!  Definitely leave it in a comment or email it to me — comment is probably better so that everyone can enjoy it!

    Joy — Thanks!

    Elle — In law school, I used to eat bowls of strawberries while taking bubble baths.  Best. Stress. Relief. EVER. πŸ™‚

    Tanna — Yay!  Let me know if you like it!

    NuJoi — Same flavor idea, but the balsamic gives the whipped cream this sour-ish little kick that I really liked!

  • 9 Donald // Mar 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Nice. I’ve done the same type of thing only using Marsala over berries and then the cream.

    That looks inviting!

  • 10 White On Rice Couple // Mar 24, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    You’re so right, this is an elegant dish. The balsamic is very interesting and we look forward to trying it!

  • 11 TBC // Mar 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    OMG! I posted something similar 2 days back!

  • 12 cookinpanda // Mar 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    hi been lurking on your site.  this compelled me to comment!  it looks fabulous and simple… the best of both worlds.  thanks!

  • 13 brilynn // Mar 24, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I can’t wait until it’s summer again and I can pick fresh berries and enjoy them with whipped cream!  Sigh… it’s freezing here.

  • 14 Helen // Mar 25, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I so wish summer was just around the corner!! It is freezing here and has been snowing in London the past few days. This is like a glimpse into summer, delicious! a

  • 15 Kim // Mar 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Living in Charleston strawberries are here, they are good. Already made lots of preserves. I have used strawberries in a salad with balsamic but never in the whip cream. Sounds like a refreshing dessert.

  • 16 Chou // Mar 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I’m a big fan of the three. Turn it into ice cream for a fun twist on your already fun twist.

  • 17 Sandra // Mar 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I WANT it!! Delicious recipe… πŸ˜›
    I love spring

  • 18 PaniniKathy // Mar 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    How perfect!  I just bought some gorgeous strawberries and some whipping cream while I was out at the grocery store – will give this a try tonight!

  • 19 emily // Mar 26, 2008 at 6:05 am

    what if you made a trifle with this whipped cream and strawberries…what sort of cake would you use!?  ok clearly im in need of a sweet!!

  • 20 katy // Mar 26, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Yay, I’m so happy everybody liked this recipe!  It’s so simple and easy, but very delicious.

    Emily — YES, you could absolutely make a trifle!  I think a pound cake or angel food cake would work really well here — you wouldn’t want something so intensely flavored that you’d miss the subtlety of the balsamic, but I think that would be great!

  • 21 steamykitchen // Mar 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    oooh – do u think it would taste ok if i added some alcohol to that whipped cream too???

  • 22 sugarlaw // Mar 27, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Jaden — Of course!  Go nuts! πŸ™‚

  • 23 katie // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    The perfect spring dessert…Except my strawberries don’t start producing until summer.
    Next time I’ll be more careful when I buy the plants!

  • 24 scottsfoodblog // Apr 3, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    This sounds great!  A local restaurant serves balsamic jelly – basically, balsamic vinegar suspended in gelatin.  I bet you could serve a cold slice of balsamic jelly topped with the strawberries and whipped cream and turn this into a very formal dessert πŸ™‚

    I’m really enjoying your blog!

  • 25 michelle @ TNS // Apr 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    this is my favorite way to eat strawberries. i really dig ’em with white balsamic, but i’ll take whatever i can get.

    in fact, i have some beautiful berries in my fridge right now, and am trying to decide whether or not i’m too lazy to go to the store for some cream.

  • 26 Marc @ NoRecipes // Apr 17, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Mmmm strawberries and cream, one of my favorite combos and I love the addition of balsamic to the cream.

  • 27 Stef // May 12, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I used your whipped cream recipe on some oilve oil cupcakes.  It is so good!  I could eat it on anything!!

    Thanks for sharing it!

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  • 29 Mel // May 26, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    This dish sounds heavenly!  I’m really at odds with the addition of sugar or their yucky alternative substitutes.  Can the cream be made without sugar or sugar substitute?

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  • 32 katy // Jun 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Mel — So sorry I never wrote back to this!  You could make it without sugar at all and it would be great!  Or else you could try sugar substitutes, but the strawberries are sweet enough that I think just plain cream would work!

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  • 34 Lisa // Sep 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I made this to serve with late summer Seascape strawberries this week and linked to your post.  It was a hit.  So easy, so good and yet slightly surprising.  Thanks for sharing such an inspiring idea!

  • 35 Whipped Cream // Jan 4, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Wow.. that’s a very interesting recipe. I will have to try it this weekend, I think my mother-in-law will die for this.

    Do you have any other suggestions on how to serve it? or maybe if making it in larger quantities and shortcuts you would suggest?

    Thanks in advance,


  • 36 Fred // Apr 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    My girlfriend and I love strawberry whipped cream

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