Fresas Con Crema (Strawberries and Cream)

Fresas con crema is a simple Mexican dessert made with fresh strawberries and cream. Serve with lots of fluffy whipped cream and strawberries slices!

Strawberries are coming into season and our little berry patch is bursting with sun-ripened fruit. I’m always so excited when I see the berries popping up! In addition to strawberries, we also have gooseberries, currants, huckleberries, raspberries and blackberries growing in the garden. Just thinking about all the desserts and jams I’m going to make with them fills me with joy. Yes, I’m that easy to please. 😃

But today it’s all about strawberries! There were just enough for me to harvest a big bowl and make fresas con crema (strawberries and cream), which is one of those classic Mexican desserts my nana used to make in the summer. Served with lots of fluffy whipped cream and thinly sliced strawberries on top, this is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the early harvest because you don’t need a ton of berries.

Sliced strawberries, cream and whipped cream in 3 glasses

What Are Fresas Con Crema?

Fresas con crema is an easy Mexican dessert made with fresh strawberries and sweetened cream. Fresas con crema literally means “strawberries with cream.”

The cream base is traditionally made by combining sour cream, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and evaporated milk with vanilla extract. Everything is whisked together, then layered with thinly sliced strawberries. Fresas con crema is sweet with a slight tanginess from the sour cream.

Two Ways to Make this Recipe

There are two ways to make the fresas on crema recipe in this post:

  • One is by making coconut sweetened condensed milk with canned coconut milk. This will add about 30 minutes of cook time and an hour of chill time to the recipe. This version of fresas con crema came about when I wanted to eat this strawberry dessert one day, but didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk in the house. I did have coconut milk though! So, I decided to make coconut sweetened condensed milk. All it is is milk with a lot of sugar cooked down until it is thicker and condensed.
  • The other option is to use canned sweetened condensed milk. This is the traditional method and has the benefit of being easier! No cooking or chill time required. When I have sweetened condensed milk in the house, this is the route I go.
Bowls of berries, coconut milk, cream and sugar

What You’ll Need

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need to make Mexican strawberries and cream. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for specific amounts.

  • Fresh strawberries – Tops removed and thinly sliced/chopped
  • White Sugar
  • Sour cream – You can also use plain yogurt, creme fraiche or Greek yogurt. If you want to add more sweetness or vanilla flavor, use vanilla yogurt.
  • Evaporated milk – Available in cans at the grocery store.
  • Heavy whipping cream – Don’t substitute this for milk, you need the fat content in the whipping cream to create the right texture.
  • Sweetened condensed coconut milk – You can also used pre-made canned sweetened condensed milk from the grocery store.
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract – The real stuff, no imitation vanilla!
  • Whipped cream – I just used canned whipped cream, but if you want to get extra fancy you can use homemade maple-vanilla whipped cream.

How to Make Fresas Con Crema

Ready to make Mexican strawberries and cream? Let’s get to it!

Prep the Strawberries

Prep the strawberries. Combine the sliced strawberries with 2 tablespoons white sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. This can stay on the counter for a couple hours, or several hours in the fridge.

Make the Coconut Sweetened Condensed Milk:

Add 1 cup of coconut milk to a small saucepan with 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the mixture has reduced by half. This takes about 30 min. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool, then transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge until cold. The coconut sweetened condensed milk will thicken as it cools.

Want to skip this step? You can also use 1/2 cup canned sweetened condensed milk instead of making the coconut version on the stovetop.

Chill your bowl

While the milk mixtures are cooling, chill the bowl of your stand mixer in the freezer.

Make the Fresas Con Crema

Add the sour cream, evaporated milk, whipping cream, sweetened condensed coconut milk and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat with the whisk attachment on high speed for 3 minutes.

Layer the sliced strawberries and cream mixture in serving bowls, using your preferred ratio of berries to cream.

Strawberries, cream and whipped cream in three glasses

Top with a nice amount of whipped cream plus a few strawberry slices, and serve.

Tips for Success

Fresas con crema is easy to make, especially if you used canned sweetened condensed milk. Still, here are a few tips:

  • Chill all the ingredients. I prefer fresas con crema when all of the ingredients are cold. So let your sliced strawberries sit in the fridge for a bit, let your coconut sweetened condensed milk cool and chill, and also put the can of evaporated milk in the fridge to chill before making this recipe.
  • Want to speed up the chill time? If you want to chill your evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk faster, pop them into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Make sure the coconut condensed milk has cooled considerably before doing this though. Adding a jar of hot liquid to your freezer will impact the other items in you freezer and warm them up.

Can I Make Fresas Con Crema in Advance?

Yes, you can prep the berries several hours in advance and also make the crema mixture in advance. Store both in the fridge until you are ready to assemble your fresas con crema. Top with whipped cream and a few extra strawberry slices.

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Fresas Con Crema (Strawberries and Cream)

Sliced strawberries, cream and whipped cream in 3 glasses
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Fresas Con Crema is a simple Mexican dessert made with fresh strawberries and cream. Serve with lots of fluffy whipped cream and strawberries slices!

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries , tops removed and thinly sliced/chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided use
  • 3/4 cup sour cream*
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed coconut milk**
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, from a can for serving

Instructions

Prep the strawberries. Combine the sliced strawberries with 2 tablespoons white sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. This can stay on the counter for a couple hours, or several hours in the fridge.

Make the Coconut Condensed Milk. Add 1 cup of coconut milk to a small saucepan with 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the mixture has reduced by half. This takes about 30 min. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool, then transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge until cold.

  • Want to skip this step? You can also use 1/2 cup canned sweetened condensed milk instead of making the coconut version on the stovetop.

Chill your bowl. While the milk mixtures are cooling, chill the bowl of your stand mixer in the freezer.

Make the Fresas Con Crema. Add the sour cream, evaporated milk, whipping cream, sweetened condensed coconut milk and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat with the whisk attachment on high speed for 3 minutes.

Layer the sliced strawberries and cream mixture in serving glasses. Use your preferred ratio of berries to cream.

Serve. Top with a nice amount of whipped cream plus a few strawberry slices, and serve.

Notes

*For a sweeter cream, use plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

** You can use an equal amount of canned sweetened condensed milk if you prefer.

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