Basil & white chocolate creams with sticky balsamic strawberries

Basil & white chocolate creams with sticky balsamic strawberries

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(21 ratings)

Ready in 25 mins, plus an hour in the fridge

Easy

Serves 4
A subtle and delicious combination - your guests will be left guessing what those familiar flavours are

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal606
  • fat37g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars49g
  • fibre1g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 284ml pot single cream
  • 1 large bunch basil, leaves and stalks torn, plus extra leaves to serve
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 300g good-quality white chocolate, chopped
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 250g strawberry, hulled and halved
    Strawberries

    Strawberry

    straw-bare-ee

    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

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.

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rahrah86
4th Sep, 2016
0.05
Basil and white chocolate together must be an acquired taste. Personally I found this combo disgusting. Balsamic and strawberries is an OK combination, but I thought with this recipe there was so much balsamic that the taste of the strawberries was lost. I followed the recipe exactly and had no problem with setting the cream part. Although this didn't quite work for me it has made me think I'll try something similar in the future, such as leave the basil out and on top instead of strawberries have raspberries with a coulis.
chrissie-bennett
10th Aug, 2013
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
4th Apr, 2013
4.05
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
4th Jan, 2013
3.05
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
28th May, 2012
5.05
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
18th Feb, 2012
5.05
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
28th Aug, 2011
5.05
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
28th Aug, 2011
5.05
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
28th Aug, 2011
5.05
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
28th Aug, 2011
5.05
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.

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