Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Thom Driver
This creamy dessert is a mix of sweet, tart, and tangy sensations. Honey granules are available at specialty markets or online at amazon.com. You can double this recipe to serve a larger crowd. Use 2 bowls to freeze the buttermilk, and thaw simultaneously in 2 colanders. There is a considerable amount of whey once the buttermilk thaws. Don't toss it all; Doug Flicker recommends using it for an added boost in smoothies or adding it to cream soups and sauces for a tangy touch of acidity.
Serves 8 (serving size: about 3 oz. curd and 2/3 cup berries)
1. Pour buttermilk into a large freezer-safe bowl; freeze overnight or until buttermilk is solid.
2. Place a colander lined with cheesecloth in a bowl. Release buttermilk from bowl into colander; thaw at room temperature about 4 to 6 hours.
3. Place berries in a large bowl; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Add vinegar; toss gently.
4. Transfer strained buttermilk to a mixing bowl, reserving whey. If needed, whisk in a small amount of reserved whey, 1 teaspoon at a time, until curd is spreadable and has a thick sour-cream consistency. (Reserve the remaining whey for another use, or discard.) Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, stirring with a whisk. Divide curd evenly among 8 dessert bowls. Arrange berries over curd. Just before serving, sprinkle evenly with honey granules and garnish with fresh mint leaves.