Basil & white chocolate creams with sticky balsamic strawberries

Basil & white chocolate creams with sticky balsamic strawberries

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Cooking time

Ready in 25 mins, plus an hour in the fridge

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A subtle and delicious combination - your guests will be left guessing what those familiar flavours are

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
606
protein
9g
carbs
64g
fat
37g
saturates
22g
fibre
1g
sugar
49g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 284ml pot single cream
  • 1 large bunch basil, leaves and stalks torn, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 300g good-quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 250g strawberries, hulled and halved

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Method

  1. Pour the cream into a saucepan, then add the torn basil leaves and stalks. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat, then remove from the heat and leaveto infuse for 5 mins. Discard the basil and re-heat the cream to a simmer.
  2. Remove the cream from the heat and immediately tip in the chocolate. Leave for a few mins to melt, then stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into four serving glasses and chill for at least 1 hr until firm. (This can be done up to a day ahead.)
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the caster sugar and balsamic vinegar with 2 tbsp water and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced by half to a sticky syrup (about 5 mins). Cool before pouring over the strawberries and allow to soak for at least 1 hr.
  4. Spoon the balsamic strawberries over the creams and decorate with basil.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2005

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chrissie-bennett's picture

Absolutely fabulous! Made mine up with 300ml single cream and about 150ml creme fraise to make it go further and only used cheap white chocolate + whole pack fresh basil (hadn't read any comments at this point) but found that basil flavour countered the sweetness of the cream perfectly. Kept my guests guessing as to the ingredients for ages!
Loved it - will definitely do again.

carrotcustard's picture
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So delicious, love trying unusual flavour combinations and this one works! Made this twice now, be careful about how long you leave the basil leaves in: too long and it can overpower the creaminess of the chocolate, too short a time and you're left begging for more basily bite. The balsamic berry drizzle was delicious too, surprised at how well that works, definitely going to try it for more fruits.

dlockhart's picture
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Finally got round to making these and disappointed as the basil and white chocolate cream was far too rich. My guests seemed impressed and happily tucked in...

Perhaps better in shot glasses as part of a trio of desserts.

ladycottington15's picture
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Really lovely. Took note of the basil thoughts and used 3 sprigs of basil instead of a bunch. Also it was Greek basil, which I think has a gentler, more floral flavour. I made some rosemary shortbread to serve with it for a contrasting texture. I was worried about the set having read the comments so did the cream the night before for lunch the next day but mine was setting almost as I poured it into shot glasses!

reidynicola's picture
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This dessert was really tasty - we all licked the glasses clean! Its a great combination of flavours. I used a medium sized bunch of basil as per some of the comments above and it was just right.

I might try to add a touch of cracked black pepper to strawberries next time.

sspink's picture
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Oh my!! I have died and gone to heaven. This was perfect, made to the recipe. It serves 6 rather than 4 though. I doubled it up for a dinner party and had to print the recipe for everyone!
Will be a much repeated favourite.

sspink's picture
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Oh my!! I have died and gone to heaven.
I made this for a dinner party. I doubled the amounts and made 10 ramekins but it would have comfortably made 12. Everyone loved it.

sspink's picture
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Oh my!! I have died and gone to heaven.
I made this for a dinner party. I doubled the amounts and made 10 ramekins but it would have comfortably made 12. Everyone loved it.

sspink's picture
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Oh my!! I have died and gone to heaven.
I made this for a dinner party. I doubled the amounts and made 10 ramekins but it would have comfortably made 12. Everyone loved it.

dusicka's picture
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oh my god, it's delicious!!

davidson's picture

This always goes down well when I make - everyone loves it. Sometimes I make it runnier - less choc or more cream and serve it as a fondue type dessert. Makes a good dessert for a BBQ.

First time I served it to some Dutch vistors - there was silence round the table whilst it was being consumed!!

rdavis1's picture
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Excellent recipe - basil flavour quite strong - felt that next time I might add a little less or leave it infuse for less time. However, flavour was excellent & went v. well with the chocolate - it doesn't set v. hard, but has a slightly soft/sticky texture. The chocolate element on it's own is not really nice (too sweet) - it absolutely requires the sharpness of the fruit and balsamic vineagar to work.

Served it to guests as part of a desert (had a raspberry ameretti crunch cake with whipped cream as the second part of the desert - also GF recipe). I served it in small espresso cups - it looked v. well & restaurant-like. Everyone really enjoyed it. I made the chocolate part the previous evening - so only had the strawberries to do to finish it off on the day.

ambertuesday's picture
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I wish that I had read the comments first! I made mine 4 hours before I needed them and they did not set at all. I loved the basil flavour - really different. I also loved the strawberries in the balsamic, so yummy. I found this dish far too sweet though and could not eat mine, I would say this amount would serve 6 easily in little shot glasses. Will not do it again, Shame it sounded so nice

rkegrant's picture

This recipe is quite a lot like panna cotta, so if you are having difficulty getting it to set, try adding gelatine (or agar-agar if you don't eat animal products). Honey and chocolate tend to not set as easily as vanilla (not sure why), so add the gelatine to the cream after you have added the chocolate, and if the texture is not 'custard-y', add a bit more. I find latte or martini glasses work well and look glam for serving. Instead of basil, you could also try mint, but watch the quantity.

claris74's picture
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After reading the other comments about the time this took to set, I made this the night before my dinner party and by the morning it had set nicely. It is, I agree, very very sweet, so do serve in small portions. I actually whizzed the strawberries through the blender roughly for a couple of seconds so they were more like a puree which I think worked well. Regarding the basil, this is obviously a really personal taste, I used just two leaves and actually found you couldn't really taste it at all, so next time I'd use more and be less cautious. Having said that, my guests really enjoyed it, with one saying she felt like she was in a top restaurant! (if only I'd had the waiters to match!) It's real 'fine dining impressive', but ever so simple really.

emmascakesofbath's picture

This is just divine! I infused the basil for around 3 mins as I did not want it to be too over powering. It did take 6 hours for mine to set - but they were worth the wait - so divine. We had a dinner party of 8 and everybody just loved them. Will definately do this again.

cloclo's picture
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I only tried the balsamic strawberries, and ate them still warm with good quality vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling a black pepper! I LOVE strawberries done this way!

mariabudgen's picture
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This worked pretty much as per the recipe, although the white choc cream took longer to set - about 3hrs to go firm I think, although I left mine overnight in prep for Mothers Day lunch. The balsamic syrup did go like thick treacle when I poured it over the strawberries, and I was quite concerned, but basically it marinates them and the strawberries produce juice so it goes back to being a liquid syrup after an hour or so. If I make again will serve smaller portions (shot glasses & teaspoons?) as the choc cream is very rich. After earlier comments above, only used handful of basil and then couldn't taste it at all! Loved the balsamic strawberries.

jayne3508's picture
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Very interesting combination of flavours that complement each other brilliantly. My dinner guests loved it. If you don't like Basil I would steer clear as the flavour is quite strong. Don't let the Balsamic syrup boil, stir constantly on a lowish heat - 1st try ended up with Treacle! Well worth the 2nd attempt though!. I only used 2 stalks of Basil and found this enough. So easy to make and looks fab served in a wine or martini glass.

waltersm's picture
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An awesome way to impress your foody wife.

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