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Macerated Berry and Creme Fraiche Parfait


The rich, tangy creme fraiche and a bit of vinegar cut the sweetness of the berries. You can also use vanilla ice cream in place of the creme fraiche.

  • Servings: 4
Macerated Berry and Creme Fraiche Parfait

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001


  • 12 ounces assorted berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • One 8-ounce container creme fraiche
  • Amaretti biscuits


  1. Combine berries in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and vinegar. Let sit, stirring occasionally, until berries soften and start to release juices, about 30 minutes.

  2. Layer berries with creme fraiche in parfait glasses. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with crumbled amaretti biscuits.

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