Nothing helps welcome the warmer weather like a good North Carolina berry season! The first berries to pop up at our market every season are bright and juicy strawberries. To show off these berries, we like to feature a simple no-bake recipe that can be pulled off with a minimum of four ingredients!
This recipe can easily be dressed up with garnishes, but is just as delicious when the berries are left to shine on their own.
Farmers’ Market Berries & Cream
- strawberries, tops removed and quartered
- heavy cream
- ricotta or mascarpone cheese
- optional garnishes: mint, toasted coconut, chocolate shavings… the possibilities are endless!
Okay, before we start: a note on recipes. Lots of people love and depend on a recipe that uses exact measurements. We don’t have that here. This is a “taste & adjust” kind of recipe. It’s great for people who want a stress-free option that can be whipped up with a kitchen full of guests! We recommend a 1:1 ratio of cream to cheese, but it all depends on what you like!
Start by tossing the strawberries in a bowl with just enough honey to coat. Set aside while you prepare the cream.
Whip the heavy cream in a large bowl. Gently fold in the cheese. The goal here is to incorporate the two without liquefying the cream again. Add honey until the desired level of sweetness is reached.
In a glass or a baking dish, layer cream and macerated berries, ending with berries. Garnish with whatever you choose, or leave it off!
Let us know if you try it! Remember to tag us on social media @foothillsfarmersmarket