5 Ways to Love Strawberries and Cream

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Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 — with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Five quick, refreshing ways to update a classic summertime combo. 

Strawberries with Sour Cream and Dark Muscovado Sugar
Strawberries with Sour Cream and Dark Muscovado Sugar

Who doesn’t love a bowl of lush ripe strawberries with fresh whipped cream? Here are my favorite variations on that theme.

1. Strawberries with Sour Cream (or Crème Fraîche) and Dark Muscovado Sugar
Serve whole unhulled strawberries and separate bowls of sour cream or crème fraîche and dark muscovado sugar. Let guests help themselves, dipping the berries in the cream and then dipping in (or sprinkling with) sugar. 

2. Strawberries With Crumbled Halvah and Cream
Crumble halvah over halved or quartered berries. Top with whipped cream and more crumbled halvah.  


3. Strawberries and Rose Cream
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of rosewater to 1 cup of cold heavy cream before whipping it. Adjust the sugar and rosewater to taste toward the end. Serve with strawberries. 

4. Strawberries with Raspberry Sauce and Cream
Puree and strain fresh or thawed raspberries. Thin with a little water or juice from thawing if you want and then sweeten to taste. Spoon over sliced or quartered strawberries and top with lightly sweetened whipped cream (or rose whipped cream)

More: First things first — practice two methods for quickly hulling strawberries.

Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream
Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream

5. Strawberries in Red Wine with Whipped Cream
Macerate whole small berries (or large berries cut in halves or quarters) for an hour at room temperature in red wine sweetened to taste with about 2 tablespoons of sugar per cup of wine and a little squeeze of lemon juice. Chill up to an hour and serve with a little of the wine poured over, topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

More: The only tricks you need to know for the perfect whipped cream.

Nancy Silverton’s Whipped Cream 

Makes 2 cups 

1 cup whipping cream
4 tablespoons crème fraîche (or sour cream), to taste

  1. To whip by hand, you need a very large bowl and a large, balloon-style whisk. The large bowl is necessary to be able to whip the cream vigorously without making a mess, and the style of whisk is very important: If you whisk is too small or has too few wires, it will take much more effort to whip the cream. Whisking vigorously, it should take about 3 to 5 minutes to bring the liquid cream to the proper consistency.
  2. By machine, start on low speed until the cream thickens enough not to spatter. Increase the speed to medium high and continue to whip, stopping the machine before the cream will hold soft peaks. Remove the bowl from the electric mixer and finish whipping the cream by hand with a whisk. Fold or gently whisk in creme fraiche.
  3. Note: Salvaging extremely overwhipped cream can be done. You must add up to 1/4 cup of cold whipping cream and work it in, stirring with a rubber spatula to restore the proper consistency.

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This article originally appeared on Food52.com: 5 New Ways to Serve Strawberries and Cream