Fresas Con Crema (strawberries & cream)

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 all together and enjoy this delicious treat as a dessert or even in the morning as breakfast with some granola on top!

Cups with Mexican fresas con crema.

What is Fresas Con Crema?

Fresas con crema is a cold no-bake recipe made with fresh slices of strawberries mixed with a delicious sweet sauce made with whipping cream, Mexican crema and condensed milk.

Despite having its origins in England, fresas con crema recipe is very popular in Mexico, specially in the States of Guanajuato and Michoacán which are know because of their largest producer of Strawberries.

Fresas con crema on a cup. Close-up from above.

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 calls 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 Tsbp of lemon juice. Mix and allow to rest overnight in the fridge before using it in the recipe.

Strawberries and cream served on disposable cups.

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 you favorite brand if you want, or you can even make your own with our recipe for homemade condensed milk.

The ingredients

  • Strawberries: Use fresh strawberries, cut into slices or diced, however you prefer. You can use also frozen strawberries but thaw them 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 add the sweet touch everyone loves in fresas con crema. 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 other kind of aroma, 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.
Ingredients displayed and labeled on a concrete surface.

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.

How To Make Fresas Con Crema

  • 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.
Pouring cream into a cup with strawberry slices.

Fun note

DID YOU KNOW? Back in the 80’s, when this dessert started to become popular in Mexico there was also a pop band called the same way: Fresas con crema.

Watch How To Make It

Fresas con crema (recipe) served on cups.

Fresas con crema (strawberries and cream)

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Fresas con crema is a simple Mexican dessert made with fresh strawberries, coated in a cold, scrumptious creamy sauce. 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb (450 g) fresh strawberries read notes
  • 1 cup (200 g) Mexican crema or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup (200 g) whipping cream
  • ½ cup (120 gr) condensed milk
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • 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.
Notes
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.
Course dessert
Cuisine mexican

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