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After making a triple chocolate mousse cake last week, a simpler recipe for Valentine’s Day was more appealing. ย  I’ve made balsamic strawberries to top my Mascarpone Cheesecake, but wanted to transform this idea into a bite sized dessert. Reducing a well aged balsamic with a bit of sugar makes an amazing topping for strawberries…and pairing them with a whipped combination of cream and mascarpone sounded delightfully delicious.

This bite sized dessert is a cinch to make. Just whip up some mascarpone cheese with some whipping cream…plus a bit of sugar and vanilla. Then reduce some balsamic vinegar with a bit of sugar and a touch of lemon juice. Paired with berries, the mascarpone cream and balsamic reduction will definitely please your palate. These would be lovely as part of a dessert buffet or for a cocktail party to balance out the savory nibbles. Just make sure to buy the best aged balsamic vinegar that your budget allows. An inexpensive supermarket brand won’t do. ย You will fall in love with the idea of balsamic strawberries after your first taste. Bon appetit!

Best eaten on the day made.

PS…I’ve also made a raspberry version you may want to check out.


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Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Mascarpone Cream


Adapted from Bon Appetit

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (splurge on the best you can afford)
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved


  1. Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium till sugar dissolves, then bring to boil and reduce to about 1/4 cup. Cool completely.
  2. Combine mascarpone, cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat till soft peaks form. Refrigerate up to 4 hours.
  3. Combine berries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Add balsamic syrup and mix gently. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Divide berries between 6 goblets. Top with cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings or mint. Alternatively, divide cream between Chinese soup spoons for appetizer sized desserts. Top with diced berries and mint to garnish if desired.

Yield: 6 dessert servings

Total time: 45 minutes


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90 comments on “Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Mascarpone Cream”

  1. I was looking at something similar – but I never could have made it as pretty as yours. What a lovely gift! Can you come here and snap some photos? I’m only a few states away.

  2. Strawberries are always so perfect for V-day. And this dessert looks so elegant ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a treat for Valentine’s day. Beautiful!

  4. This is such a elegant and perfect dish…
    I have to try this, balsamic vinegar sound so interesting…
    Beautiful Liz.

  5. Ok here I am licking the spoon wow does this look awesome!

  6. Liz…what a perfect sweet and savory bite! I love balsamic with strawberries. Such a lovely presentation and so perfect for a Valentine’s day treat! : )

  7. What an incredible recipe you put together! Balsamic vinegar always is amazing when combined with strawberries. Your addition of whipped mascarpone cream makes this treat a little piece of heaven!

  8. Elegant and delicious looking! Mention mascarpone and you’ve won me! Great for Valentine’s, especially if you want something simple. Thanks!

  9. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar? I’ve never tried anything like it, but judging from your pictures I’m totally missing out.

    I think it’s safe to say you just made my Valentine’s Day a lot more interesting! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow, what a lovely presentation, Lizzy! It’s brilliant to combine the 2 ingredients & would certainly love to try this dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Very creative in using balsamic vinegar for this dessert and with strawberries, the taste can spring out a lovely hit on our taste buds.

  12. These photos are all fantastic! everything looks so great and I am trying to decide which to try first, and by first I mean today!

  13. great blog!!! following you now…kisses!!!

  14. What a wonderful dessert. Simple, yet incredibly delicious and packed with flavor. The perfect dessert IMO anytime!

  15. Beautiful dessert, quick and elegant! perfect for Valentine’s dinner!

  16. gorgeous pictures! This looks like such a delicious light dessert, I loveee whipped cream desserts. Love how you used the heavy cream and berries with this recipe, yum!

  17. aaahhh amazing Lizzy and I love strawberries too:)

  18. this is a mix of moutwatering and fresh dessert!
    Tq for sharing this liz… love how u arrange them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Looks absolutely gorgeous! I love fresh fruit with mascarpone cheese. You have presented it so beautifully.

  20. You are right – balsamic and strawberries are an exquisite match, and you definitely should splurge in the best!

  21. Love mascarpone cheese in sweet dishes. Never tried with balsamic vinegar. Your clicks are good as much as your recipe.

  22. Oh Lizzy, this is just beautiful. My strawberry patch is flourishing at the moment, so your recipe is perfect timing!

  23. What a beautiful dessert Liz. They would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Well really just about every day there are strawberries in the house. Have a great holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I am allergic to strawberries but these are just stunning Lizzy! Your presentation is gorgeous…a perfect valentines treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are SO perfect together and I can only imagine how much better this combo is with the marscarpone!

  26. What a beautiful dessert! That would be just perfect served on Valentine’s Day.

  27. This sounds really delicious! And I love the presentation…so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Could these possibly be photographed any more beautifully? I think not! Gorgeous.

  29. Hi Liz! This looks simple, elegant and delicious! What beautiful photos, too! Happy (early) Valentines Day!

  30. such a simple and delicious recipe, your pictures are lovely with a beautiful presentation!

  31. I’ve never had strawberries this way. I’m especially intrigued with the balsamic and strawberry combination, and eating with mascarpone cream sounds very delicious!

  32. Yeah if I make these, no one gets any. Sorry, I’m a glutton for desserts like this. ๐Ÿ™

  33. oh, yum, love balsamic, love marscapone, love strawberries. need to try this!

  34. Balsamic and strawberries is a great mix. But add mascarpone, very nice.

  35. This is the PERFECT Vday treat… love this recipe!

  36. this is delicious looking beautiful presentation

  37. Gorgeous and elegant!!I recently got aged balsamic vinegar and have strawberries sitting in my fridge.Just need some mascarpone to try this treat!

  38. Oh Liz, you out did yourself this time. I am so glad you are with me in this new club. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes with us.

  39. Beautiful presentation, Liz! Just beautiful! This sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. I’ve bookmarked this to make one day!

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