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"Holla" Mexican Strawberries and Cream (Fresas Con Crema)

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If you're ever in the mood for a delicious, classic Mexican dessert, try fresas con crema aka Mexican strawberries and cream. This quick dessert dish is made with fresh strawberries and cream, and it's the perfect sweet treat for a hot summer day.

Plus, it's really easy to make! So if you're looking for something simple and tasty, give fresas con crema a try. You won't regret it.

This popular Mexican dessert is easy to make, but hard to shake after trying a spoonful.

Despite its elegance Fresas con crema comes together in no time, as in ten minutes. You’ll be craving it even on a cold day as it makes for a heavenly, sweet, hyper-delicious dessert or snack.

You can have a delicious, indulgent and easy dessert with less than five simple ingredients in almost the same amount of minutes.

fresas con crema in a glass

fresas con crema inspiration

I’ve been known to hit a Mexican flea market or two on occasion. The desserts are a big draw for me. One of my favorites that I can always find on hand is the fresas con crema or strawberries and cream as I call it given my very limited Spanish.

I have as many culinary alias names as rapper Ghostface Killah has personas; Lorenzo Wang, Denzel Rao, and Jamal Fernandez to name a few.Being a Texan I’m more often in a Jamal Fernandez state of mind which is the impetus behind this Mexican Strawberries and Cream recipe.

I had a bunch of strawberries from my weekly Farmers’ Market haul and that sweet and creamy Fresas Con Crema flavor is perfect on a hot Texas summer day.

Beats and Eats (music to pair with fresas con crema)

Fresas con crema is a classic but feels brand new each time you eat it. In this way, it's like you're updating the recipe every time you make it. It's the same way I feel every time I hear a Ghostface track.

He makes classic old school beats feel new and at minimum refreshed or even refreshing depending on how you see it. The song "Holla" is a perfect example. It makes you fall in love all over again with the Delfonics' classic song "La La La Means I Love You."

What is fresas con crema

It’s a simple dessert as common in Mexico towns as apple pie in America. It’s basically a three-ingredient sweetened strawberries and cream dish that is rich, creamy, and refreshing.

Fresas con Crema Ingredients

Strawberries with Cream is one of the easiest Mexican desserts to make but don’t let that fool you because….Fresas con Crema is by far one of the most delicious desserts you will ever make. Key ingredients include:

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Mexican Crema
  • Sweetened condensed milk - makes this more than just a "fruit shake
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Mint (optional) but does adds extra flavor plus that refreshing element

fresas con crema ingredients on a tray

How to make fresas con crema (step by step)

Step 1: Make the cream

Mix the crema, condensed milk, and cinnamon in a bowl. Taste for sweetness. Add more condensed milk if needed. Set aside.

mixing crema ingredients with a whisk in a bowl

Step 2: Prepare the Strawberries

Wash strawberries with cold water from the faucet.

Step 3: Assemble in serving glass

Add in layers of the strawberries then the cream, strawberries, and more cream again.

adding crema to strawberries in a glass bowl

Step 4: Enjoy!

What better way to end the barbecue with a delicious treat after munching on ribs, potato salad, and baked beans lol.

adding crema to strawberries

Serving Suggestions:

This is purely dessert, indulgence material. It’s perfect on hot days, but so good I make it during the winters. Serve after a spicy dish like any of the following:

Nashville Hot Shrimp Sandwich

Jerk Fried Chicken

Piri Piri Chicken

Beef Suya Skewers

Jollof Rice

Grilled Corn Cob

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

what is sweetened condensed milk

It is a thick, super sweet concentrated milk. Imagine regular cow’s milk with the water removed and sugar added. I don’t recommend drinking it however. The sugar is added to make it more shelf-stable.

Are sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk the same thing?

I remember the first time my grandmother sent me to the store for sweetened condensed milk I returned with Evaporated Milk. They look the same and are even packaged similarly.

This was before the days of cell phones so it wasn’t like I could call home. So of course I guess, and guessed wrong which netted me a few choice words from my dear Granny. I learned that granny was extremely tolerant except for when it came to her sweet potato pie sweeteners.

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 pantry 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.

Expert tips for cooking fresas con crema

  • Fresh ripe strawberries are the key to to making high-quality fresas con crema. So hold up for strawberry season to use the absolute freshest strawberries! Go for the ones that are red all around showing little to no whites near the base.
  • Stick to fresh, frozen strawberries are a hassle. When they defrost they add a lot of liquid to the cream.
  • Thinly slice the strawberries, but be ready to eat immediately after cutting, because the countdown for the sweetness to dissipate starts as soon as you slice them.
  • Definitely go with Mexican crema, which you should be able to find in most grocery stores. It will be refrigerated but not in the expected dairy aisle. I find it most often near chorizo and Mexican queso. Creme fraiche and plain Greek yogurt could also work in a pinch
  • Use heavy whipping cream as a substitute vs. regular sour cream. Most sour creams will add too much tanginess and in some cases salt.
  • Taste and adjust for sweetness with either more sweetened condensed milk, sugar, or honey.
  • I'm partial to strawberries, but if you need to substitute other fresh fruit options I like peaches, nectarines, plums, or even other berries like blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
  • For increased complexity of flavor consider other adds like natural vanilla, honey, or maple syrup. Vanilla extract is also perfectly ok for ingredient substitutions. I occasionally will add some savory spicy elements with various types of chili powders. Ancho chili powder is a favorite.
  • For a bit more texture, add granola to get some crunch in the dish. Coconut flakes or nuts like sliced almonds also are a welcome addition.
  • This dish is normally served at our family barbecue right after we finish off some rib tips, baked beans, and potato salad.

For other Mexican inspired dishes try one of these recipes:

For similar recipes try these:

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Oatmeal Cooked In Orange Juice

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Mexican strawberries and cream aka Fresas Con Crema dessert in a glass

Mexican Strawberries and Cream (Fresas Con Crema)

Super easy and quick 2-step traditional Mexican dessert.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • cups of strawberries rinsed and sliced
  • cup  Mexican cream
  • 4 tablespoons  condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • Fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Sugar is a perfect substitute for condensed milk. Use between ⅓ -½ cup depending on desired level of sweetness.
  • Fresh ripe strawberries are the key to to making high-quality fresas con crema. So hold up for strawberry season to use the absolute freshest strawberries! Go for the ones that are red all around showing little to no whites near the base.
  • Stick to fresh, frozen strawberries are a hassle. When they defrost they add a lot of liquid to the cream.
  • Thinly slice the strawberries, but be ready to eat immediately after cutting, because the countdown for the sweetness to dissipate starts as soon as you slice them.
  • Definitely go with Mexican crema, which you should be able to find in most grocery stores. It will be refrigerated but not in the expected dairy aisle. I find it most often near chorizo and Mexican queso. Creme fraiche and plain Greek yogurt could also work in a pinch
  • Use heavy whipping cream as a substitute vs. regular sour cream. Most sour creams will add too much tanginess and in some cases salt.
  • Taste and adjust for sweetness with either more sweetened condensed milk, sugar, or honey.
  • I'm partial to strawberries, but if you need to substitute other fresh fruit options I like peaches, nectarines, plums, or even other berries like blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
  • For increased complexity of flavor consider other adds like natural vanilla, honey, or maple syrup. Vanilla extract is also perfectly ok for ingredient substitutions. I occasionally will add some savory spicy elements with various types of chili powders. Ancho chili powder is a favorite.
  • For a bit more texture, add granola to get some crunch in the dish. Coconut flakes or nuts like sliced almonds also are a welcome addition.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg
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Ramona

Monday 29th of June 2020

Oh, wow, this will go really well at my garden gathering this coming weekend. Kids will go crazy for this especially my daughter, she is such a strawberry lover.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Monday 29th of June 2020

I love strawberries and cream so much! The addition of cinnamon and mint sounds incredible and I must try it that way!

Jo

Sunday 28th of June 2020

How delicious that looks, straberries and cream together is best! I wish I could get Mexican cream here, i woulc love to give this a try.

Anna

Sunday 28th of June 2020

So simple and so delicious! I'm so excited to try this, I have all of the ingredients in my kitchen to make it, perfect use for all the fresh strawberries I've got from my garden!

Sharon

Saturday 27th of June 2020

I love that I can make this foodie favorite right at home now! It's so fresh and the perfect dessert for summer.