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Mention “La Feria” to a Mexican, and they will start talking about the rides, food, and live music.
They are similar to the county fairs here in the US. In Mexico, they are a really, really big deal.
There are small, remote towns with little to no entertainment except for kicking rocks instead of soccer balls. I kid you not!
At every feria that I’ve been to in Northern and Southern Mexico, there have been vendors selling my childhood favorite, Fresas con Crema.
How to Make Fresas con Crema
It is easy to make this Fresas con Crema recipe at home. All you really need are fresh, ripe strawberries.
- Look for the 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 frozen strawberries 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.
• In a separate bowl, add the crema mexicana.
If you can’t find this, you can also use heavy whipping cream.
Another substitute for crema mexicana is mascarpone cheese with a splash of milk, then whisk to thin out.
I do not recommend sour cream as a substitute. It is “sour” and tangy. Definitely not good for our Fresas con Crema dessert.
Did you know that vanilla is native to Mexico?
Other countries like Madagascar and Indonesia have similar climates, and that is why they grow it there too. Good info for the next time you play Trivia Pursuit.
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 wonderful flavor.
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.
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!
• Mix crema mexicana, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk.
Taste it. If you like it sweeter, you can add sugar or more sweetened condensed milk.
Sometimes this depends on how ripe the strawberries are. The riper the strawberries, the sweeter this Mexican dessert will be. This really depends on you and your taste buds.
- Pour the cream mixture over the strawberries.
- Serve immediately.
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.
It’s sure to meet up to your berry expectations.
Hungry for More?
Fresas con Crema
- 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.
More Mexican Dessert Recipes
Among all the Mexican sweet breads, Conchas are the most popular and well-known treats. Pan Dulce is a yummy and traditional Mexican dessert to be enjoyed at breakfast, with coffee, or any time of the day.
The best way to end any Mexican meal is with a big slice of Flan. Creamy, rich, and decadent. Check out this authentic recipe for this yummy dessert.
You’ll love this authentic Mexican recipe for Tres Leches Cake (or Pastel de Tres Leches). Who can resist this heavenly dessert?
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