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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
- 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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