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Fresas con Crema reminds me of “La Feria.”
They are similar to the county fairs here in the US. – rides, food, and live music.
At every feria, there are vendors selling this yummy Mexican dessert.
It is easy to make at home too. All you really need are fresh, ripe strawberries and a handful of ingredients.
- Crema Mexicana
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Look for fresh and ripe strawberries that are not bruised.
- They should also be red all around, not yellow or white.
Frozen strawberries will do in a pinch. I don’t recommend these because they can make the cream sauce too watery.
- Remove the stems.
- Thinly slice them.
- Set aside until ready to use.
You can do this even the night before, but I suggest slicing them the day of.
Once you wash them and slice them, you are running against the clock. Strawberries tend to go bad soon after you cut into them.
- Add in a bowl the crema mexicana, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk.
You can also use heavy whipping cream or mascarpone cheese with a splash of milk, then whisk to thin out.
Sour cream is “sour” and tangy and can be used as a substitute as well.
Whisk until combined.
- Taste it and adjust the sweetness to your liking. If you like it sweeter, you can add sugar or more sweetened condensed milk.
Where does vanilla originally come from?
Vanilla is native to Mexico. Other countries like Madagascar and Indonesia have similar climates, and that is why they grow it there too.
This is pure vanilla extract, and boy does it make a difference! Accept no substitute for the real thing.
You can’t leave it out of the recipe either. Vanilla gives the Fresas con Crema a wonderful flavor.
To serve, place strawberries in a bowl.
Pour cream sauce over the strawberries.
Or, place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Other Ingredients You Can Add:
- Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Nuts
Although this is not in the traditional Mexican recipe, any of these would be a good addition.
Sometimes, the sweetness of the dessert depends on how ripe the strawberries are. The riper the strawberries, the sweeter will be. This really depends on you and your taste buds.
I like to serve this Mexican dessert in a bowl. Something deep so the strawberries can swim in the sweet cream sauce.
At Mexican fairs, they would serve it in box cartons, similar to school milk cartons. Or you might see vendors serve it in plastic cups.
- If you’re hosting an adult party, you might even consider adding some Bourbon in the cream sauce. Tell me that doesn’t sound good!
- If you’re serving this at a party, I suggest prepping the strawberries and the cream sauce separately. Then assemble when you are ready to serve. It is ready in minutes for you, your family, or your guests.
Fresas Con Crema (Strawberries and Cream) is a delightful Mexican dessert. Next time, strawberries are in season, be sure to make this for a tasty sweet treat.
It’s sure to meet up to your berry expectations.
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Fresas con Crema
- 2 cups strawberries sliced
- 1 cup crema mexicana
- 2-3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk (use more if the strawberries are not fully ripe)
- 2 tablespoons sugar optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Slice strawberries and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add the crema mexicana (or heavy cream, if using).
- Add sweetened condensed milk, sugar (if using), and vanilla.
- Whisk until combined.
- To serve, place strawberries in a bowl.
- Pour cream sauce over the strawberries.
- Serve immediately.
- Or, place in the fridge until ready to serve.
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Kate @ Diethood
Oooooh I LOVE Dorie!! Thanks for sharing her tips! Now, just hand me that spoon and the cup… k? Thanks! 😉
Virtually handing over a spoon. 🙂
I just went strawberry picking and this is the perfect way to use them up!
Strawberry fruit salad is my favorite dessert and surely this one will be the next. This looks delicious and yum.
I have never heard of this before, but I think it sounds so amazing! Definitely a perfect summer time dessert!
Yum! I love a simple recipe! I’ve never made anything with crema mexicana before but this looks so good that I’m determined to find some! Perfect for a sweet treat after dinner!
What a wonderfully simple Strawberry dessert. Great to sit down with after a big meal when you’re still looking for something sweet.
I love how simple this classic dish is, and those tips will come in super handy to make for the perfect dessert!
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
Omg how did I miss this dessert while I traveled throughout Mexico??? This looks absolutely amazing and seriously so easy!
This over a cinnamon spiced pound cake would be perfect! I have all the ingredients on hand so I know what I’m making today!
How deliciously perfect and simple. When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a giant strawberry patch and the strawberries we picked from there were so good. My grandpa loved to eat them with sugar and cream, a ritual I had forgotten about until reading this post. Fresas con Crema is a similar idea, and one I’m going to have to try. Thank you so much for sharing!
Gosh this is beautiful! I love simple fruit desserts like this…perfect for those hot summer nights when you’re craving something a little sweet.
What a simple and delicious looking summer dessert. And I just happen to have Crema Mexicana in the fridge! I think it woudl be great to experiment with other types of fruit too. Definitely trying this out this summer
Bring on the strawberry recipes! It is strawberry season and so this recipe of yours is extra tempting to me! Strawberries and cream sounds just perfect for the season. Like you, love all those recipes that bring back childhood memories. They’re special, aren’t they?
This look wonderful! I have 2 pounds of fresh berries and some heavy cream, I am going to do this for a tasty breakfast!
The best!!! I’m addicted!!! I’ve been using banana, strawberries and raspberries. I haven’t been disappointed with any of your recipes we have soooooooooooo many favorites!
Thank you so much! Glad you tried them and liked them.