Fresh Strawberries with Mint Cream
This recipe is really easy, and it makes a lovely dessert, or a nice snack for a summery day when you are craving something fruity but slightly sinful. The strawberries are halved and then topped with a flavorful mint cream which you will make yourself. First you need to steep some fresh mint in water with a little sugar added for sweetness. This gives you a tasty mint syrup, which you need to combine with freshly whipped cream. The syrup might deflate the cream a bit, so whip it again if necessary, then use it to top the strawberries.
Garnish the desserts with fresh mint leaves and you have a spectacular dessert or snack. You will get at least ¼ cup of mint syrup, possible more. If you have some leftover, you can use it to sweeten lemonade or iced tea. Try combining it with seltzer, lemon and your favorite clear spirit to make a bracing cocktail.
Everyone has had strawberries with whipped cream, perhaps garnished with some mint, but not many people have tried this variation. The mint gives a gentle flavor to the cream, but enough to make it extra-special. This refreshing spring or summer treat is simple to prepare and tastes phenomenal.
- 1 quart halved strawberries
- 2 cups chopped fresh mint leaves and stems, plus whole leaves for garnish
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- Bring the sugar, water and mint to a boil in a pan over a medium heat.
- Remove from the heat and steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain through a fine sieve into a measuring cup.
- Press to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Discard the solids and let the mixture cool.
- You will have about ¼ cup of mint syrup.
- Whip the cream in a big bowl until you get stiff peaks.
- Fold in ¼ cup of the syrup (keep any remaining syrup for another use.)
- Rewhip the cream a bit if necessary, until stiff.
- Divide the strawberries between 4 serving glasses.
- Top with the mint cream.
- Another idea would be to layer the strawberries and cream, if you are using tall glasses.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
This is a stunning dish. The mint syrup gives the cream a very subtle color but most of the different is of course the flavor. Using fresh mint syrup to flavor your cream is always preferable to using the bottled kind. If you are using plump fresh strawberries, it would be an insult to them to use imitation syrup! Keep the dish all-fresh by using fresh cream and fresh mint. That way you know the flavor is going to be magnificent. This is a lovely light dessert if you are planning to serve a hearty dinner. You know people will be satisfied and full, but nobody will be too full to resist this charming strawberry salad.
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