If you have never had Strawberries Romanoff … you really must put it on your list of things to do. If you love strawberries and whipped cream (I know very few people that don’t)… then this twist on it will be just right for you.
I don’t know where Strawberries Romanoff originated… it seems there are numerous stories out there and all different… AND there also seems to be different recipes … all very different. I’m not sure any of them agree on anything except the strawberries and sugar.
I first had Strawberries Romanoff as a teenager… as I’ve mentioned before … I loved to cook and bake and my parents indulged me… mostly my brother was the guinea pig… not that it was such a terrible fate to taste all these foods.. he loved doing it.. and as brothers are.. brutally honest …. He was too, about what he liked and didn’t like. This one was definitely in the “like” column. I found the recipe somewhere and tried it.. we loved it… and I made it for years..
And then I seemed to forget about it.. and along with a few other prized recipes.. I lost it. I don’t know what made me think of it recently … but I searched high and low for a recipe.. none rang a bell… only an ingredient here and there triggered a memory.
Then I came across a recipe attributed to a Houston newspaper (unnamed) and I knew I’d almost found the complete recipe…. the only difference was the recipe used brown sugar… I honestly don’t remember brown sugar… but I tried it and liked the results… so here it is…
I use the real deal in this recipe… heavy cream and sour cream… it really does make a difference .. I don’t recommend substitutions … although I have seen recipes that use low fat yogurt in place of the sour cream and I’m intent on trying it.. but yogurt flavors vary widely by brand.. so I would be careful in making a choice as to which one to use.
The recipe calls for Brandy… Grand Marnier makes a decent substitution… if you need an alcohol free food.. I’d still try it.. it still has a sweet and tangy flavor that really is good.
Try this easy classic dessert!
Recipe: Strawberries Romanoff
All you need:
½ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon brandy
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled
All you need to do:
In a medium/large bowl combine the sour cream, brown sugar and brandy. Mix well and set aside.
In a mixing bowl whip the heavy cream and white sugar until stiff peaks.
Fold the whipped cream into the sour cream mixture.
Place a generous dob of the cream mixture on a serving of strawberries.
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