Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream with Balsamic vinegar

Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream with aged Balsamic vinegar is the elegant and sophisticated version of a much loved summer dessert, Strawberries and Cream.

It may not be the first image you think of when strawberries and cream are mentioned, but it is definitely a step up from the strawberries and cream desserts that usually make their way into my social media feeds when summer comes round.

When I was on the Taste of Testaccio food tour during my too-short visit to Rome we had the opportunity to taste beautifully aged balsamic vinegars at Salumeria Volpetti, a premier delicatessen in the city. The knowledgeable senior gentleman who sold me a bottle of 20 yr old aged balsamic vinegar, recommended that I try it with strawberries and mascarpone cream because the syrupy mellow balsamic vinegar added an extra dimension of flavor with it’s tart sweetness.

Our conversation inspired this recipe that was first published for the re-launch issue of Swirl Magazine, Za in January 2018.

Strawberries and cream is synonymous with the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London and I was reminded of it after receiving an email from one of the British chains advertising their brand of strawberries and cream.

During our school going years my brother and I spent many a June school vacation watching the Wimbledon tennis matches and salivating over the strawberry and cream cakes and desserts that were often splashed across the screen during ad breaks.

I love mascarpone dessert recipes and this simple dessert of macerated strawberries and mascarpone cream with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar is one that my late mother would have loved too. It is simply a stunning dessert that evokes feelings of utter bliss.

Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Macerated strawberries and cream was one of the first desserts my mum allowed me to make without supervision. She was always very particular about every aspect of her English strawberries and cream recipe.

She taught me how the prepare the strawberries, how they should be cleaned and cut and how long the sliced strawberries should macerate with the sugar before serving. More often than not, it was served family style, in a beautiful cut glass dessert bowl with the whipped cream and dessert cream along side.

Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Why make Macerated Strawberries, Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic vinegar?

You are probably wondering how such a simple dessert with very few ingredients could inspire such blissful devotion. I sit here imagining that first spoonful; a perfect balance of sweet strawberries and creamy mascarpone with a hint of the tart sweet balsamic vinegar, and what a taste sensation it was. Close your eyes when you take that first bite because it is utterly blissful.

It is one of the easiest summer desserts to make but is special enough to be served at the end of a romantic dinner for two.

If you prefer whipped cream dessert recipes then perhaps this Caramel Peppermint dessert or the Whipped Yogurt mousse may appeal.

Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Macerated Strawberries, Mascarpone Cream and Balsamic vinegar

Razena Schroeder
The simple macerated strawberries and mascarpone cream with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar results in a stunning dessert evoking feelings of utter bliss.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 353 kcal


Macerated Strawberries

  • 250 grams sweet strawberries washed and hulled
  • 30 ml vanilla sugar
  • 5 ml lemon juice

Mascarpone cream

  • 65 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 60 ml double thick cream


  • 10 ml aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 mint sprigs


Macerating the Strawberries

  • Place the washed and hulled strawberries into a large bowl and cut any that are too large so that they are all the same size.
  • Sprinkle over the sugar and lemon juice and toss together lightly. Be gentle and try not to damage the berries.
  • Allow the berries to macerate for 15-20 minutes to allow the sugar and lemon juice to extract the berry juice and form a delicious glossy glaze.
  • Do not leave for longer than 20 minutes as the lemon juice will break down the strawberries and turn them to mush.

Whipping the Mascarpone cream

  • In a small bowl, whip the cream lightly until it is thick enough to make a trail, about 2 minutes with a wire whisk.
  • Mix the mascarpone cheese into the whipped cream until combined and homogenous. It should not be curdled or look like butter but be smooth and scoopable. 


  • Divide the macerated strawberries equally between two stemmed glasses or dessert bowls.
  • Place a quenelle of mascarpone cream on top of each bowl of strawberries
  • Drizzle one teaspoon of aged balsamic vinegar over each portion and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Calories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 940IUVitamin C: 74.5mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 0.5mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword easy, summer
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  • Reply
    Jennifer Prince
    July 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    This looks like such an amazing recipe. I really love balsamic vinegar and anything made with it. Looks so fresh and yummy!!

  • Reply
    Wendy Lemeric
    July 14, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I’ve never tasted or heard of this recipe but looks wonderful. It looks mouthwatering in the photos.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      This recipe tastes just as good as it looks and I love the simplicity.

  • Reply
    Simple Indian Mom
    July 12, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Wow.. this sounds so yummy😋 Feeling thirsty.. will try this recipe on summer.

  • Reply
    Blair villanueva
    July 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I love strawberries and that makes your recipe delicious! I am completely sold 🙂

  • Reply
    Melanie williams
    July 12, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    You had me at the words strawberries and cream – sounds super yummy x

  • Reply
    Carol Cassara
    July 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    That looks amazing! I bet it’s going to be a hit especially during parties this summer. I’ve always liked the combination of balsamic and strawberries. Wonderful flavors!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      It definitely is an inspired combination. I must confess though that I never put the balsamic vinegar directly onto the strawberries as it makes them look quite unattractive and a weird muddy brown color.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    July 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    This looks delicious indeed! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, it looks like a lovely healthy dish to enjoy!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      It does contain some granulated sugar but can be made even healthier by substituting with stevia or honey for those on a keto or refined sugar free eating plan. Unfortunately the substitutions won’t have the same consistency syrup after maceration.

  • Reply
    kennedi Christopher
    July 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Oh wow! This looks like such a yummy dessert! I will have to try it this summer!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 11, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Strawberries are always so sweet when they are in season so summer is the perfect time for it.

  • Reply
    James Smith
    July 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    WOW! can’t wait to pin this in my favorite pin board. Looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

      It is simple and delicious, especially after a heavy meal like pasta.

  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    July 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    This is such a summer treat and using your 20 year old balsamic had to give it such a delicious taste.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 11, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Haha, fortunately I didn’t have to open my 20 year old bottle of balsamic vinegar for the photos. I had two 7ml samples that I received when I attended a tasting workshop at Eataly in Dubai. One was a 15 yr old and one a 25 yr old 🙂

  • Reply
    July 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Lovely recipe, Razena! So simple with fresh ingredients and looks stunningly delicious! Pinning this now 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thank you for the kind words Sarah. I was remembering the testing for this recipe and how relieved I was that I didn’t have to share with anyone 😀

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