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!!


  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;-)

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

  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!

  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 ;)

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

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

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

  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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