Balsamic Strawberries with Almond Mascarpone Crème

Balsamic Strawberries with Almond Mascarpone Crème

Coffee-mate in a dessert, yes, that’s right! You might think it’s odd to combine mascarpone with Coffee-mate, but the Coffee-mate lends a velvety mouthfeel and offers up a beautiful flavor that goes so well with balsamic. I recently prepared this recipe with our new Honey Vanilla Crème Coffee-mate, and the honey vanilla really complements the strawberries and balsamic reduction.

Some notes on the ingredients:

Strawberries – Unlike fruits such as bananas and peaches, which continue to ripen after picking, strawberries don’t get any sweeter once off the vine. That’s why it’s important to select the sweetest ones you can find. Strawberries continue to develop a deep red pigment but a berry that looks redder is not necessarily a berry that tastes sweeter. So, how do you tell if it will be sweet enough? Follow your nose! A sweet, fruity aroma is a much better indicator of what lies beneath. Strawberries will keep fresh for up to ten days if refrigerated (unwashed) in an airtight container. I like to layer the berries between paper towels. Strawberries have higher levels of vitamin c, fiber, folate and potassium than most other fruits like bananas, apples and even oranges. One cup of strawberries contains over 100 mg of vitamin C.

Balsamic vinegar – Traditional balsamic vinegars are aged a minimum of 12 years for results that are intense, complex, thick, and…very expensive. We achieved a similar flavor profile using supermarket balsamic by reducing 1/3 cup with 2 teaspoons granulated sugar over low heat until it measured half its original volume.

Try any of the other flavors of Coffee-mate in this dish to make it your own, and let me know what you think!

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