Strawberries three ways, basil and whipped cream

strawberries three ways

Whole, macerated and coulis strawberries with whipped cream, fresh basil and biscotti.

Strawberries three ways, basil and whipped cream

Can’t stop eating this dessert.. Not too sweet, slightly acidic with freshly picked basil leaves and a dollop of whipped cream.. Who wouldn’t like that.. Satisfying but light nonetheless; the perfect combo for those who enjoy ending their meal on a sweet note, minus the guilt. I call it strawberries three ways because there’s three different types of preparations involved: fresh, macerated and lastly, blended into a coulis. It looks quite fancy but fear not: This is a very easy dessert to make!

fresh strawberries

Vibrant and sweet strawberries make a healthy and tasty dessert.

I’m not much of a baker, so I avoid making desserts that involve lots of work, measuring and cooking. However, I do love desserts and when it’s not store bought, I go for simple and easy (like this grapefruit jelly). This delicious recipe really showcases the versatility of strawberries and how a few tweaks and fixes can elevate a simple fruit into something rather stunning.

strawberries divided three ways

Equally divide strawberries in three separate containers. One batch will be for blending.

I came up with the idea of making strawberries three ways because I had too many of them in my fridge. In keeping with our efforts to eat healthy on a regular basis, Ben and I usually have fruit for dessert (see apple orange salad). I’ll cut strawberries in half and well.. That’s pretty much it folks. 

blended strawberries

The second batch of strawberries will be blended to make a delicious coulis.

But this time, in my peripheral vision I caught a glimpse of the kitchen’s mini blender. I guess you could say I had an AHA moment and couldn’t believe it took me this long to come up with this idea. Serve this on a black plate and you’ve got yourself a very ooh la la dessert!

macerated strawberries

The third batch will be sliced and covered with sugar, until macerated.

Strawberries three ways pair well with almost anything; sponge cake, cookies and pancakes. Serving them with biscotti is one of many options to try. You can also follow this recipe for other fruits and berries. Sweetness!

strawberries on plate

Plating is the fun part of making this dessert! Create something beautiful with strawberries is effortless.

 

biscotti strawberries

You can substitute biscotti for sponge cake or something less sweet like puff pastry or tea cookies.

Strawberries three ways, basil and whipped cream
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs strawberries, rinsed and trimmed
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  3. 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 10 fresh basil leaves, rinsed
  7. whipped cream
  8. 4-6 almond biscotti (or other cookie/cake of your choice)
Instructions
  1. - Divide strawberries evenly in three separate containers. Put one container in the fridge (these strawberries will remain whole).
  2. - Take strawberries out of another container and finely slice them. Put them back in the container and add 1/4 sugar. Mix well until all the strawberries are covered and set aside. Leave for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. - Grab the last container of strawberries and put them in a blender with sherry vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar, olive oil and salt. Blend until smooth. Return the puree in the container and set aside.
Assembling
  1. - In a plate spoon a few slices of macerated strawberries on one side of the plate and lay biscotti on top.
  2. - Put a few fresh strawberries on the plate, next to the biscotti.
  3. - Add a spoonful of whipped cream and drizzle strawberry coulis on top.
  4. - Garnish with a few basil leaves.
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