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



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



  • 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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  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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marco6006's picture

This one is a winner. The balsamic syrup is simply divine. I just found the chocolate creams very sweet. Served in small portions, like in Chinese spoons, with extra strawberries, it works very well. My family loved it and I will definitely make it again!

sarahdobbing's picture
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I made this for a dinner party and adjusted the recipe to serve 8. After reading the other reviews, I used a small handful of basil and stalks and as a result the basil flavour was more subtle. I also had no problem with the mixture setting. I think the basil flavour works excellently with the balsamic strawberries. Everyone loved the desert and I would definitely make it again.

mandystirling's picture
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This is now a regular pudding in our family - I make it without the basil and the kids just adore it - a real treat and very easy to make.

shonavance's picture
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NO...NO...NO...Did not like this, I like the taste of basil BUT IT DOES NOT GO WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE the basil was over powerful. Did not set well and the strawberries were a mess will never try this again BUT I liked the idea of the cream and white chocolate together and the idea of a vanilla pod is a good thought. If you miss out the basil then you have a good idea for a desert but try it before you give it to other people !!! BEWARE

pixiedix's picture

Thought this would be simple uncomplicated and foolproof!!!!!!!!! Well it simply wouldnt set.......tried it twice now but wont be trying it again. Very disappointed.

holvic11's picture
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Nice desert but I think not for everyone. I found the basil too over powering in a sweet dish, I think next time I would use a vanilla pod instead. strawberries were delicious though!

hgriggs's picture

Really easy and delicious, my guests wanted more ! Much lighter than you would expect and full of delicate flavours.