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Strawberry, balsamic vinegar and mascarpone cream puddings

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Saturday Kitchen


  1. Place the hulled strawberries and whole strawberries in a bowl and crush lightly with a fork or potato masher. Mix in the grenadine and set aside.

  2. Place peppercorns in a pan. Heat on a stove for a few minutes, until the corns crack and roast. Allow to cool and then coarsely crush using a mortar and pestle.

  3. In another bowl mix the caster sugar with the balsamic, vanilla and the liqueur or vodka. Mix in the single cream.

  4. Beat the mascarpone and mix into the single cream mixture.

  5. Spoon a little of the crushed strawberries into the bottom of Martini glasses, wineglasses or Knickerbocker Glory glasses. Spoon over a little of the cream mix and sprinkle with some of the peppercorns.

  6. Repeat until the glasses are full, finishing with the cream and the final sprinkle of pepper. Garnish with whole or cut strawberries.


  • 250g/8oz strawberries, hulled (retain some whole strawberries for garnish)
  • 1tbsp grenadine
  • 1tsp black peppercorns
  • 100g/3oz caster sugar
  • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp strawberry liqueur or vodka
  • 200ml/7fl oz single cream
  • 250g/8oz mascarpone cheese

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