White Balsamic-Marinated Berries with Sweet Buttermilk Curd

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White Balsamic-Marinated Berries with Sweet Buttermilk CurdRecipe

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)


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2 quarts whole buttermilk
1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blueberries
6 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons honey granules or turbinado sugar
Fresh mint leaves


Active: 15 Minutes
Total: 14 Hours, 15 Minutes

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.

Created date

May 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 200
Fat 6.5 g
Satfat 3.5 g
Monofat 1.6 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 31 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 196 mg
Calcium 230 mg
Sugars 25 g
Est. Added Sugars 9 g