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Ice Cream Parfaits with Strawberries and Balsamic Syrup

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.

Sweet strawberries, tart balsamic, and vanilla ice cream make one great dessert. If you like, you can substitute 4 tsp. store-bought balsamic glaze for the homemade balsamic syrup.


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pint (12 oz.) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 1-1/2 pints vanilla ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 150
  • Fat (g): 17
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 45
  • Sodium (mg): 90
  • Carbohydrates (g): 46
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 5


  • Bring the vinegar to a simmer in a 2-quart nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until glossy and reduced to 3 Tbs., about 10 minutes. Pour the reduced vinegar into a small bowl and let cool to room temperature.Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sprinkle the strawberries with the sugar and pepper (if using) and toss gently until combined. Let stand, stirring once or twice, until the sugar dissolves and the berries release some juice, 10 to 15 minutes.

    Put a scoop of ice cream in each of 4 parfait glasses or bowls. Top each with about 1/4 cup strawberries and their juices, drizzle with about 1 tsp. balsamic syrup, and sprinkle with about 1/2 Tbs. pine nuts. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • cheshirecatmom | 05/23/2012

    This is precisely why we all scream for ice cream; what a surprise this dish was! Ill save plain ol hot fudge sundaes for winter. While strawberries are in season, Im making these.

  • s7murphy | 03/14/2011

    Yum! LOVE this combination. It reminds me of my favorite "coupe" at Mario Batali's Otto pizzeria, except there they make it with olive oil gelato. You definitely have to watch the balsamic syrup to make sure it doesn't reduce too much, otherwise it can become sticky and hard like a reviewer noted.

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