Mexican Strawberries and Cream (Fresas con Crema) – super quick traditional Mexican dessert featuring fresh strawberries and Mexican Crema or sour cream.
My kids find the fact that I have multiple alias names related to my culinary interests and style. There is the Lorenzo Wang as I’m known at the Asian market I frequent, Denzel Rao for the Indian Spice Market, and Jamal Fernandez as I make my rounds at Fiesta Market. If I were a rapper I’d be Ghostface Killah given his plethora of nicknames and the many styles he flexes from song to song and record to record. Given the Mexican influence in my home state, I’m more often than not in Jamal Fernandez mode which is the impetus behind this Mexican Strawberries and Cream recipe.
You can find frozen single serve cups of Fresas con Crema in many Mexican grocery stores, but I actually discovered it at a food stand at a nearby Mexican Flea Market. It was a hot July day, so my son and I walked the flea market and sampled Mexican desserts the entire day. I was struck by how refreshing it was, but also how simple it was to make. It’s basically strawberries, Crema, and a sweetener.
We don’t have many shelf stable products in the house, but it’s not uncommon to find sweetened condensed milk. It’s one of those habits from my childhood I haven’t been able to shake. My grandmother kept that stuff in the panty and used it for everything from soul food pies and cakes to coffee. My brother and I would fight over who got the lid or leftover can as we licked them clean for that thick, sticky goodness. The loser would always holler lovely brotherly insults. So as I went Jamal Fernandez mode, sweetened condensed milk was the sweetener of choice for this version of strawberries and cream.
I had a bunch of strawberries from my weekly Farmers’ Market haul, but they don’t last long in my house. Given the typical kids’ run on strawberries I put some aside for a dinner dessert. That sweet and creamy Fresas Con Crema flavor is perfect on a hot summer day or night if you’re in Texas where temps hover around 90 degrees well into the evening.
Mexican Strawberries and cream (Fresas Con Crema)
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Dope beats, fresh eats, best life. Enjoy this simple, easy and refreshing Mexican Strawberries and Cream Dessert for a quick dessert on a hot day.
Mexican Strawberries and Cream (Fresas Con Crema)
- 3 cups of strawberries rinsed and sliced
- 1 cup Mexican cream
- 4 tablespoons condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Fresh mint for garnish
In a bowl, mix the cream, sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Taste for sweetness. Add more condensed milk if needed
Divide the cream mixture into 4 serving cups and add the strawberries mixing well. Garnish with more strawberries and fresh mint or basil.
Sugar is a perfect substitute for condensed milk. Use between 1/3 -1/2 cup depending on desired level of sweetness.