Strawberries and Cream is a fine example of English Cuisine. In fact, it is famous for being a main staple for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Each year, Wimbledon attendees consume around 2 million strawberries and 2,000 gallons of cream.
Probably the most popular variety of strawberry in England is El Santa. Please, somebody tell me where I can find these in the States! El Santa is smaller and sweeter than what most Americans will find in the local grocery store. For this reason, although in England the strawberry may remain whole for Strawberries and Cream, if you are using a large strawberry, it may be best to slice each berry in half.
Strawberries and Cream
Step 1. Wash and hull strawberries. Slice in half or add whole strawberries to bowl.
Step 2. Sprinkle with a little sugar, a little goes a long way, especially if the strawberries are already sweet.
Step 3. Pour cream over strawberries. In England, the cream of choice is Double Cream. Double Cream has at least 48% milk fat. If you are unable to find double cream, then heavy whipping cream, (with at least 36% milk fat), can be used instead.
With strawberries announcing the start of summer and Wimbledon just around the corner, (June 21-July 4, 2010) this is a great time to try probably the easiest dessert you could ever make.
See also this New York Times article about Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon.