Strawberries with Black Olive Balsamic Caramel

Strawberries with Black Olive Balsamic Caramel served in glass dishes with cream
  • 4 servings
  • 20 minutes to prepare
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  • 200g strawberries, hulled
  • 100g sugar
  • 200ml water
  • 100ml balsamic vinegar
  • 10 black olives, pureed in a blender with a little water
  • 1tsp coriander seeds
  • To serve
  • 100ml lightly whipped double cream
  • 1tbsp shredded basil


This unusual sweet-savoury-salty combination is an alternative to the usual strawberries and cream that really works!


  1. Place the sugar and 100ml water in a small saucepan and boil over a medium heat until it begins to caramelise and turn golden (if you have a sugar thermometer this is when the sugar syrup reaches 170°C).
  2. Immediately add the balsamic vinegar and remaining water and continue to heat whilst the caramelised sugar dissolves. Simmer until the mixture becomes syrupy and remove from the heat, stir in the olive puree.
  3. Mix the shredded basil into the whipped cream.
  4. Divide the strawberries between 4 serving glasses with a dollop of whipped basil cream, drizzle over the caramel mixture, evenly dot over the coriander seeds.