Balsamic Berries and Cream

13
Total Time
17 min
Prep
7 min
Cook
10 min
Serves
2
Difficulty
Easy
When it comes to balsamic vinegar, buy the best your pocketbook will allow. Balsamic vinegar can range in price from a mere $3 to well over $100 a bottle.

Ingredients

balsamic vinegar

½ cup(s)

sugar

2 Tbsp

ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

ground allspice

tsp

strawberries

¼ cup(s), fresh, sliced

fresh raspberries

¼ cup(s), fresh

fresh blueberries

¼ cup(s), fresh

maple syrup

1 tsp

light vanilla ice cream

1 cup(s), or frozen yogurt

Instructions

  1. Bring the vinegar, sugar, cinnamon, and allspice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil until the mixture is reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 5 minutes (you should have about 2 tablespoons glaze); set aside.
  2. Combine the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Place a 1/2-cup scoop of the ice cream in each of 2 small bowls; top with the berry mixture and drizzle with the glaze. Serve at once. Yields 1/2 cup ice cream, 1/3 cup berries, and 1 tablespoon glaze per serving.

Notes

Authentic balsamic vinegar has been produced in the Italian provinces of Modena and Reggio for almost 1000 years. To know what you are getting, read the label carefully. The best vinegars have Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena on the label. To enrich the flavor of moderately-priced balsamic vinegar, we cook it with a little sugar, which helps balance its flavor. You will find that as the tangy glaze cools it will thicken. If the glaze becomes too thick to drizzle, add about 1/2 teaspoon water to thin it slightly. Drizzle over a slice of angel food cake that is topped with berries, sprinkle it over string beans or asparagus, or brush a little over salmon before broiling or baking it.

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