Strawberries and whipped cream are a perfect pair: the brightness of ripe red fruit is tamed by the paradoxically right lightness of air-fluffed cream. Together, they make a classic simple dessert whose charm is hard to deny. All kinds of ice creams, cheesecakes, shortcakes, and numerous other springtime treats have riffed on the strawberries and cream theme, and when done well, it’s one of the best combos in the culinary canon.
While it’s hard to improve upon near perfection, this bold update on berries and cream adds a new layer of depth and intrigue. This is such a great example of how just one or two ingredients can shift the direction of a recipe; in this case, a dash of balsamic vinegar and some crushed black pepper mixed into the whipped cream lend a sophisticated edginess and a touch of heat that further enhance the strawberries’ sweetness, like a leather jacket on top of a sundress.
COOK’S NOTE: For best results, be sure that your cream is very cold and your mixing bowl is very clean before whipping!
Strawberries with Balsamic Whipped Cream & Black Pepper
Recipe by Karolina Wiercigroch
Total Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Active Cooking Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut in halves
- ½ cup heavy cream, very cold
- 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- Fresh peppercorns, lightly crushed, to serve
Combine cream, agave syrup, and vinegar in a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for about five minutes, until soft peaks form. Transfer cream to a bowl and top with lightly crushed black pepper.
Arrange strawberries on a plate and serve with a bowl of cream.