Mexican strawberries and cream (fresas con crema) – super quick traditional Mexican dessert featuring fresh strawberries and Mexican crema. 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.
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.
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.
How to make fresas con crema (step by step)
Step 1: Make the cream
Step 2: Assemble in serving glass
Step 3: Enjoy!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Expert tips for cooking fresas con crema
- Fresh ripe strawberries are the key to to making high quality fresas con crema. 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.
- 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.
For other Mexican inspired dishes try one of these recipes:
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- 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.