Monday, July 4, 2011

Balsamic Macerated Strawberry Sundae



Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Strawberries just sing all American and have a rightful place at any 4th of July celebration. Add in a few blueberries and now you have traditional American fare for this holiday season.


Over the last couple weeks, I have hosted a couple dinner parties and served this simple yet deliciously sublime dessert to my guests. The secret ingredient is the balsamic vinegar and folks instantly associate a tart taste. The surprising fact is that when balsamic is reduced it actually becomes sweet. When you purchase balsamic vinegar that is well aged, it takes on a particular sweetness and the tart flavor disappears.



Balsamic Macerated Strawberry Sundae

4 C. Strawberries, hull removed and cut into fours
½ C. Sugar
½ C. Balsamic Vinegar
Vanilla Ice Cream

Place the strawberries into a medium bowl and add the sugar. Toss well. Meanwhile reduce the balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium high heat and stir often. Should take about 3 to 4 minutes to reduce and begin to form a syrup consistency. Be careful to not over cook or it will burn.

Let cool for about 4 to 5 minutes and then add to the strawberries. Toss well and chill for a minimum of two hours. (Can be chilled overnight)

When ready to serve, scoop the vanilla ice cream into small bowls and gently toss a generous spoonful or two of the macerated strawberries on top. Enjoy!!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa, came over to check out your Ad Hoc post and found this wonderful recipe for strawberries. I will be trying this one soon;-)
    I enjoyed seeing you at Gina's macaron party, such a fun day! Your appetizer was so good with the endive leaves to scoop it up. I will be making it from memory soon, I know who to ask if I need any help;-)

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  2. A picture is worth a 1000 words.. the pic above does justice to a few - gluttony, greed, gorgeous!

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  3. Looks divine to me! I love balsamic with fruits and I even make a strawberry pie where I've added a bit of balsamic to the 35 yr old recipe to update it. No one tastes vinegar. They just taste GOOD!

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  4. Hi Lisa! When you described this to me the other day, I couldn't stop thinking about it - and that photo, my goodness, I just need a spoon right now.

    Gorgeous sundae - I think you need to make this in macaron form ;)

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  5. I love this grown up sundae :) Never thought of adding balsamic to the strawberries, but it sounds perfect!

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  6. That is so good you do not even need the ice cream. But I will take some anyway... GREG

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  7. This is really very good. Will be picking up some berries over weekend.

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  8. This is fantastic! Love a good balsamic reduction on ice cream and desserts of all kinds for that matter...
    Hope you had a great 4th :)

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