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The idea for this dessert didn't come to me in a dream. I was trying to think of a better name for a Strawberry Posset (which is what this actually is), but since very few people know what that is, I am calling it a Strawberry Dream. I think you'll agree that the name is totally appropriate. The boiled strawberry-infused cream and sugar filling firms up into a pudding-like texture, that when sandwiched between strawberry puree and macerated strawberries, tastes like a dream! Even though the portions are a bit small, the taste is rich and a little goes a long way.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
4 hrs 15 mins
4 hrs 45 mins
4 servings

Since strawberry and lemon is such a perfect combination, I thought pairing them together in a posset would an ideal way to show them off. It was, but I needed to come up with a better, more enticing name. Very few people know what a posset is, so I decided to "re-brand" it, as we say in the business, and call it a Strawberry Dream. Everybody knows what those are, and after trying this, I think you'll agree it works.

While strawberry and lemon are fantastic together, if you're calling something a Strawberry Dream, the strawberry needs to be the dominant flavor. That's why we're leaving out the zest this time. As you know, that's where most of the lemon flavor comes from, and all we really need here is the acidity from the juice to make the texture of the cream come out just right.

My only regret? While they looked great, the strawberries I bought were not quite as sweet and ripe as they appeared. I can't wait to try this again later in the season with some perfect specimens. But the good news is, even with these unremarkable berries, the dessert turned out wonderfully. So, what I'm trying to say is you don't need to be too picky. No matter you use, you're in for a very dreamy dessert. Enjoy!

Strawberry Dream
Strawberry Dream
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Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Strawberry Puree:
For the Cream Mixture:
For the Topping:


Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare strawberry puree: Mix quartered strawberries and sugar in a 2-cup liquid measure or bowl. Let sit and macerate for 1 hour, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes. Use an immersion blender to blend into a smooth puree. Pass through a mesh strainer to remove seeds, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  • Prepare cream mixture: Combine sugar and cream in a saucepan. Set heat to medium-high and bring to a boil while whisking occasionally; be careful, since cream can easily boil over. Once cream just starts to boil, reduce heat to between medium and medium-low and maintain a steady simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and whisk in vanilla, lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of the reserved strawberry puree until completely incorporated. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • While the cream is cooling, pour the remaining strawberry puree evenly into 4 dessert glasses.

  • Pour the cooled cream mixture into the glasses. Wrap with plastic wrap and pop in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled, 3 to 4 hours.

  • Meanwhile, prepare topping: Toss diced strawberries and sugar together in a small bowl. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill alongside the strawberry dreams.

  • When ready to serve, remove strawberry dreams and topping from the refrigerator. Stir the topping and spoon strawberries and any accumulated juices on top of each dream.

Chef's Note:

This dessert will work perfectly, even if your strawberries are not perfectly ripe. Make sure you let the strawberries macerate for at least an hour for best flavor.

Nutrition Facts

568 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 43.6g; fat 44.3g; cholesterol 163mg; sodium 46.4mg. Full Nutrition