Saturday, 27 August 2011

Balsamic Glazed Strawberries

If you thought balsamic vinegar was only good for making salad dressings and tripping up small children in spelling bees, think again. This tangy kitchen staple is actually a delicious addition to candies, like these Balsamic Glazed Strawberries. I know it sounds a little strange, but hear me out.

If you've ever enjoyed putting strawberries in your dinner salads, then you know that the sweet, juicy berries pair very well with a bit of acidity like vinegar. This candy takes that pairing a step further by coating fresh berries in a shiny, crunchy sugar glaze made with balsamic vinegar. The syrupy vinegar is already a bit sweet on its own, so it seems natural to add it to a sweet syrup. After the berries are dipped in the glaze, the candy hardens, forming a crunchy shell that practically explodes when you bite into it, leaving you with a mouthful of crunchy, tangy candy and juicy, fruity berries. It's an odd pairing that completely works.

The skewers are optional, but they seemed like a fun way to make fresh "strawberry pops" during the summer. If you're not a pops person, use your glazed strawberries as cupcake or cake toppers, shower treats, or after-dinner desserts. Just don't wait too long, because the juice from the berries will soon turn your crunchy glaze into a sticky puddle!

Get the recipe: Balsamic Glazed Strawberries

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