Have you ever seen a desert recipe that calls for balsamic vinegar? I have, lots of them. Each and every time I see one my head sorta turns sideways, like I’m a dog confused (yet intrigued), trying to figure out what in the world is happening in front of me.
So when Honey Ridge Farms sent me a case of different flavors of their honey vinegars I KNEW I HAD to make a dessert with at least one of their flavored vinegars. Now to narrow down WHICH dessert I wanted to make. That seemed almost impossible.
My grandma came over one day with a huge bag of fresh strawberries from the farmers market. Side Note: when my grandma comes over she always brings a little hostess gift. I need to remember this classy and thoughtful detail! I know how much I appreciate the gesture, so I assume others would?!?! Anyway…After we quickly devoured half the bag, it hit me, “balsamic strawberries! YES, that’s perfect!” I thinly sliced the strawberries, spread them on a baking sheet, poured a little honey balsamic on them, and roasted. 15 minutes later I had fragrant, juicy, rich balsamic roasted strawberries.
After I ate that entire batch over a bowl of plain yogurt (for breakfast, none the less), I quickly made another batch. But this time I had a little more self control and reserved them for what you’re seeing here, strawberry shortcake.
A simple vanilla cupcake and lightly sweetened whip cream. That’s all you need to complete this light, yet decadent dessert. Enjoying strawberry shortcake and sipping a glass of champagne sounds like a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year!
I have to do a little plug for Honey Ridge Farms… Their products are outstanding! I’ve tried the honey creams and now the vinegars and I truly love them. They didn’t tell me to say that, I’m saying this because I want to, because I legitimately enjoy their honey! If you live on the East Coast, you may start seeing the vinegars in your local Whole Foods. So buy some and try it for yourself!