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After making a triple chocolate mousse cake last week, a simpler recipe for Valentine’s Day was more appealing. Β  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. Β 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. What a lovely valentine treat. You really cannot go wrong with mascarpone cheese.

  2. Oh Liz, this looks wonderful! I love the way you presented it in the tasting spoons! However, I would have to eat each spoon!! I have never used mascarpone cheese before, but I think I’ll pick some up today!

    Beautiful Photo’s!

  3. Your strawberries look wow.
    I love the combination of strawberries and mascarpone cheese…never tried balsamic vinegar…should try this πŸ™‚

  4. Girl, you have seriously outdone yourself this time. AND I just happen to have an outrageously good bottle of balsamic vinegar that I brought back from Italy…

  5. These strawberies look so.. tempting and loving!
    Love is in the air!

  6. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar…two of my favorite ingredients. This looks delicious!

  7. This strawberry dessert is so exquisite and the berries are gorgeous. Lovely presentation with the appetizer spoons.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. I love this recipe! It’s like a lighter strawberry tiramisΓΉ on a spoon! Gorgeous presentation, Liz.

  9. They are so lovely, esp. when paired with mascarpone cream.

  10. Luv luv luv the clicks ……. and wot a kool recipe.

  11. Yummmm. This is a great idea with a tempting presention! I would eat that out of the spoon in one slurp. πŸ™‚ Too bad I don’t get strawberries here this time of the year. I would love to try it the way you have made it.

  12. Really exquisite and cool recipe. I love this!

  13. love how you served them restaurant style in those spoons πŸ™‚
    I don’t eat sweet cheese but I do love me some strawberries which here in my country we have only for a month or less in spring and that’s it.

  14. Loving these strawberry recipes. I got a huge craving for them last night. The mascarpone cream sounds wonderful!

  15. Strawberries are so wonderful for Valentine’s Day! What a great idea with the balsamic syrup. I love those dessert spoons.. I have seen them about and now I am kicking myself for not buying some.:) Beautifully done Lizzy! Have a great day~ Ramona

  16. Mascarpone’s here so expensive tsk ! ;D Okay I’m just cheap hahaha Love the combination and gorgeous presentation !

  17. What an elegant, delicious looking dessert! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  18. I love the combination of balsamic syrup and strawberries! I’m teaching a strawberry theme class next month and this bloghop will give me some great ideas!! Thanks!!

  19. Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to say: I’ve loved reading your blog so much the last couple months, I wanted to award you a Liebster Blog Love award – go to my site at to pick it up!!!

  20. What a beautiful dessert idea! Great choice for the challenge, Lizzy πŸ™‚ My family would be happy with this too! Have a great weekend, my friend!

  21. Beautiful.

    And P.S.~ I may have drooled a bit.

  22. I’m literally drooling now!! Strawberrys and balsamic… why have I never thought of that?!

  23. Yum! They look so great and sound so easy. A must-try recipe!

  24. These are so cute in those spoons, I just love strawberries and I really want to make that balsamic sauce. Another great dessert. Have a great weekend.

  25. Simple desserts are some of my favorites! And I just love anything on those little spoons – it makes eating so much more fun!

  26. These look fantastic, Lizzy. I absolutely love the presentation!

  27. Such a perfect way to end a meal – these look amazing πŸ˜€
    And your presntation is beautiful my friend

    Choc Chip Uru

  28. Simple is sometimes just perfect πŸ™‚ I love these strawberries! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  29. Your presentation is gorgeous! I’ve never had balsamic with strawberries I have to try that.

  30. How delicious! These look perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  31. Simple but elegant! Pretty photos, Lizzy. Have a lovely day. Jen

  32. Gorgeous Lizzy! These strawberries are fancy and also perfect for everyday!

  33. These are absolutely stunning! What a great presentation and great photography. And I bet they taste as good as they look. Yum!

  34. Lizzy, it’s nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog. These strawberries look wonderful. I made them years ago & loved them then. I love your blog name btw!! Hugs!

  35. Your photos are fabulous, too!!

  36. Quick and easy to make! I love the spoon presentation… Beautiful!!

  37. Yeah! I love strawberries and balsamic vinegar together – such a fabulous combination, and mascarpone too…. om-nom-nom. Great idea for Valentine’s day!

  38. Mmmm, I love balsamic strawberries! The mascarpone cream sounds heavenly with them, and I love the serving idea on the spoons πŸ™‚

  39. These look so delicious! The mascarpone cream sounds divine, too! These would be lovely for Valentine’s Day πŸ™‚

  40. I love the little spoons. I was amazed the first time I had strawberries and balsamic together. It’s a magic combination. Good pick!

  41. Really beautiful presentation. Balsamic vinegar certainly does miracles. I used to eat apples with the thick reduced vinegar, awesome.

  42. 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! : )

  43. I was just looking at a bundt cake with these strawberries stacked in the center hole! These are tasty by themselves and can be used as a special addition for desserts to make them stand out. Yours do look enticing. Stunning presentation.

  44. Simple and so delicious – a perfect end to a meal!
    Mary x

  45. Simple, yummy and gorgeous presentation,love it :0

  46. Simple, but very Valentine day style πŸ™‚

  47. Oh my gosh Liz, this looks so fantastic. I love the strawberry, mascarpone and balsamic combination – sexy and perfect for Valentine’s Day! G

  48. Oh, Lizzy…these strawberries are so perfect, and incredible, with the whipped mascarpone, and the balsamic strawberries. Believe it or not, I still haven’t opened that bottle of chocolate balsamic, that I won from your for the giveaway! Now’s the right time to do it, with your yummy recipe:DDD

  49. Liz you never fail to impress me. These are gorgeous. I must try these out. I love the little spoons, I just picked some up. Super cute.

  50. 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.

  51. Strawberries are always so perfect for V-day. And this dessert looks so elegant πŸ™‚

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

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

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

  55. 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!

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

  57. 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! πŸ™‚

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

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

  60. 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!

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

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

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

  64. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  71. 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 πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  79. 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!

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

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

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

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

  84. this is delicious looking beautiful presentation

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

  86. 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.

  87. 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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