Fresas con crema is a simple Mexican dessert made with fresh strawberries, coated in a cold, scrumptious creamy sauce.
It takes only a few minutes to throw it all together and enjoy this delicious treat as a dessert or even in the morning as breakfast with some granola on top!
What is Fresas Con Crema?
The recipe refers to a cold no-bake dessert made with fresh slices of strawberries mixed with a delicious sweet sauce prepared with whipping cream, Mexican crema, and condensed milk.
Despite having its origins in England, the strawberries and cream recipe is very popular in Mexico, especially in the States of Guanajuato and Michoacán which are known because of their largest produce of Strawberries.
Because of its popularity, this dessert started being also available in serving packages at the supermarket.
However, the traditional recipe is often sold at many ice cream parlors and fruit street stands.
About the cream
If you can’t find Mexican crema where you live, is easier to replace it with Greek yogurt. Many recipes call for replacing with sour cream too, however, I find that in this particular recipe, sour cream adds also a salty touch that you might not like.
You can also make a simple substitute for Mexican crema by mixing 1 cup of heavy cream with 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix and allow to rest overnight in the fridge before using it in the recipe.
Is fresas con crema made with La Lechera?
The traditional recipe, yes. Because that’s the most common and popular brand you can find in Mexico. However, you can add your favorite brand if you want, or you can even make your own with our recipe for homemade condensed milk.
However, is not mandatory to make it with this ingredient, you can simply use cream and sugar and still have a delicious and refreshing dessert that everyone will love.
- Strawberries: Use fresh strawberries, cut into slices or diced, however you prefer. You can use also frozen strawberries but thaw them a little before mixing with cream.
- Mexican cream: If you can’t find this type of cream, use plain Greek yogurt instead.
- Whipping cream: Don’t need to whip it until peaks form, just whisk it a little to add some consistency.
- Condensed milk: This adds the sweet touch everyone loves. You can also make this dessert without it and just add sugar to the cream sauce.
- Aroma: I used vanilla and cinnamon because that’s how my mother taught me. Feel free to leave them out or add another kind of aromas, for example, some lemon or orange zest.
- Sugar (not pictured below): Just a little bit for strawberries. I like to add it because it helps to make the fruit more juicy and sweet, but it’s completely optional.
How To Wash Strawberries
Place a large bowl with 8 cups of water, add 1 cup of cider or white vinegar, mix and soak the strawberries into this mixture for 5 minutes.
Rinse under cool, running water, and then drain very well. Pat dry strawberries with a clean kitchen towel and discard the stems.
Want to know more about it? Read this Related Article: How To Properly Wash Strawberries.
How To Make Fresas Con Crema
NOTE: I like to keep my dessert as simple as possible, but some people like to add evaporated milk to make it even more creamy. This is completely up to you.
How To Store
If you have some leftovers or want to make this Mexican dessert ahead, just place the mixture in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing it because.
Watch How To Make It
FUN NOTE: Back in the ’80s, when this dessert started to become popular in Mexico there was also a pop band called the same way: Fresas con crema.
Fresas con crema (strawberries and cream)
- 1 lb fresh strawberries (read notes)
- 1 cup Mexican crema (or plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ½ cup condensed milk
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Slice strawberries into thin slices and place into a bowl.
- Add sugar and cinnamon, mix well and let them sit for 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl add whipping cream, condensed milk and vanilla extract.
- Mix for 1 minute with an electric mixer or 3 minutes by hand until the cream thickens a little bit.
- Add Mexican cream (or Greek yogurt) and mix to combine.
- Add some spoonful of strawberries into 6 cups.
- Pour a bit of the cream and add more fruit. Keep making layers of strawberries and cream until cups are full.