Sometimes a recipe surprises me, like today. I still have a bunch of strawberries to use, and wanted to try a more sophisticated twist on the theme. I’d heard of using balsamic vinegar on strawberries before, but I’d never actually tasted it before. Still, it sounded good so I decided to give it a try:
I used a recipe I found online to get a general idea of the proportions involved. It called for a pound of strawberries, 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. I scaled the recipe way down, of course, using 5 strawberries, a generous teaspoon of sugar and a scant teaspoon of vinegar. This made enough puree to make one pop, with about an ounce left over.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I bit into this pop, so I was more than pleasantly surprised. This pop was amazing. The balsamic balanced so well with the sweetness of the strawberries, leaving no harsh taste of acid. The pop’s texture was soft and luscious. Overall, a smashing success. I liked it so much that I made myself a big bowl of strawberries and balsamic vinegar for dessert tonight. (this, as it happens, was a mistake. A pop with vinegar in it is good. A whole bowl of strawberries drizzled with vinegar is a recipe for stomach woe).