My entire family is obsessed with dessert. We can pretty much make an excuse for dessert at any time of the day. Coffee cake for breakfast? Sure. Biscuits with tea? Absolutely. Afternoon chocolates? Why not? In our family, any time is the right time for a sweet treat. And even if you’ve managed to avoid sweets for most of the day, dessert after dinner is non-negotiable.
When we were growing up, if my mom ever tried to escape without providing said delicious dessert after dinner, my brother, sister, and I would immediately protest. What do you mean we don’t have any brownies left because we ate them all yesterday? Uh, no comprendo. This is no time for antics, Mom. Dinner is not over unless there are cookies on the plate.
Now I know what you’re thinking here, but were not, in fact, being disrespectful. Dessert was an essential part of our meal. In fact, it was the sole-contributor to our balance. This would launch us into a line at the head of the dinner table to demonstrate. We would explain how our bodies were divided straight down the middle, with half for healthy food, and the other half for unhealthy food. If we were left deprived of such an important aspect of our diet, over time, the half of our body with healthy food would begin to get so full and so heavy, that we would lean to one side and eventually walk lopsided (we strutted around the table to display the crooked cruelty). Our logic was impeccable.
I can see my mom standing in front of us (probably thinking what was really unbalanced was our heads) half grinning at our overly rehearsed spiel. She would undoubtedly yield to our adorable antics and little wobbling bodies floating around the kitchen (because let’s be honest, she wanted dessert too) and pull out a tub of Breyer’s ice cream from the freezer. Similar logic has won us many battles over the years and I highly recommend the visual demonstration to seal the deal. Parents are helpless against us.
Twenty years later, I still find myself struggling to finish a meal without dessert. I’ve tried replacing my dessert obsession with a small wedge of chocolate or a cup of tea, but often I need something more substantial. So this week I’m sharing a simple 5 minute dessert that is really more about the incredible tiny strawberries that are just making their way into the farmers markets than any fancy recipe. These miniature delicate little fruits are just perfection on their own, and a million times more flavorful than their monster-sized cousins you find in the supermarket year round. I take them up a notch with a dunk into sour cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar. It’s the most beautiful and simple dessert or afternoon snack. Light juicy berries with the creamy tang of sour cream and gentle crunch of brown sugar for some extra sweetness? I dig it.
Strawberries with Sour Cream & Brown Sugar
1 pint of fresh strawberries- the best are at your local farmer’s market- make sure they are tiny, deep red, and flavorful
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup light brown sugar
Gently wash strawberries in a colander and set on a towel to dry. Take a 1/2 cup of sour cream and place in a small bowl, and place the 1/4 cup of brown sugar in another bowl. Line up your berries and start dipping in the sour cream first and then the brown sugar. Repeat until full.