DESKIPES: Balsamic Strawberries & Lemon-Vanilla Whipped Cream

(Like “Desk” + “Recipes.” Get it?)

You’re a love god. Of course you are. But maybe you’re the kind love god who forgot to prepare for Valentine’s Day because you’re juggling a million responsibilities at any given time.

We’ve got you covered, though–at least as far as dessert is concerned. For the first video in our new series, Deskipes, we’re making a dessert that’s so easy and so romantic that after you make it, you’re going to want to invite us to the wedding (or the vow-renewal ceremony. Wherever you’re at in your relationship).

Balsamic Strawberries With Vanilla-Lemon Whipped Cream

Ingredients

For the berries:
1 pint fresh strawberries
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 tbsp granulated white sugar
2 small mint leaves (optional)

For the whipped cream:
½ cup of heavy cream
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 lemon’s worth of zest
1 tbsp honey

To garnish:
Slivered almonds
Honey
Mint leaves

To prepare the berries, cut off and discard the green tops of the strawberries. With a small kitchen knife or paring knife, cut the strawberries in half.

In a mixing bowl, combine the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and sugar (NOTE: sugar is to taste, so add as much as you please). If you’re using mint, chiffonade it and add it to the mixture. Allow to sit and mascerate for at least 5 minutes.

To make the whipped cream, combine the heavy cream, almond extract, lemon zest, and honey. Using a whisk or hand mixer, whip the mixture until it’s pillowy, but still a little dense. You don’t want stiff peaks. A little runniness is good here–the cream will mingle with the berries.

To plate: Create a tight mound of berries in the center of either on a plate. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle the honey in thin zig-zag streams across the plate. Sprinkle almonds on and around the dessert. Carefully place a mint leaf in a spot that looks nice (probably on top of the whipped cream). If you really want to impress, you can take that mint leaf and very lightly coat the top side of leaf in honey–just enough to create stickage–and press the leaf into granulated sugar. Otherwise, just leave them whole and impress your boo with your minimalist restraint.

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