Strawberry Caprese Sundae Recipe

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Once upon a time, caprese salad was not on every restaurant menu and no one had even considered bringing a caprese-on-a-toothpick appetizer platter to a party. Remember back to the first time you tasted the magical combination of sun-ripened tomato with creamy slices of fresh mozzarella sprinkled with basil, glistening with olive oil and drizzle of rich balsamic vinegar.

Continuing the culinary journey of invention and inspiration, you may have discovered that balsamic vinegar is also great with other fruits, especially strawberries. We certainly did and a particularly brilliant go-to summer dessert blossomed -- a sort of dessert caprese -- strawberries macerated with a little sugar in balsamic vinegar served over vanilla-whipped mascarpone cheese, sprinkled with basil ribbons.

At ACME Ice Cream, we source our strawberries from the earth’s most delicious strawberry-growing region in Whatcom County, Washington. Our growers pick sweet, juicy berries at the peak of ripeness, freezing them to preserve all that fresh flavor. They are pureed and folded into our rich cream base. Since we never add air to any of our ultra-premium ice creams, the result is full-strength strawberry flavor that lingers on the palate. ACME Strawberry Ice Cream is a summer celebration all on its own, but why not kick it up to the next level? Enter, the Strawberry Caprese Sundae -- a decidedly grown-up treat that delivers child-like glee.

 

To make the sundae:

Scoop one pint of ACME Strawberry Ice Cream into four clear sundae bowls (martini glasses also work but you may have to use less ice cream).

Whisk crème fraiche (or sour cream), a touch of local honey, and the seeds from half of a vanilla bean (or use vanilla extract). Top each bowl with a dollop of the crème fraiche and sprinkle with a little turbinado raw sugar for crunch.

Drizzle each bowl with a good quality balsamic vinegar and top with ribbons of basil or mint. It is especially perfect with strawberry mint, if you happen to have a robust herb garden handy.

Serve and indulge in the rich luxury of strawberries paired with the slight sourness of crème fraiche and the bright complements of mint and balsamic.

Stephanie Basilio