Strawberries Romanoff is an easy, no-bake dessert that makes the perfect after dinner treat. Fresh strawberries are soaked in orange liqueur, then topped with a tangy and sweet sour cream whipped cream topping.
Treat yourself tonight by making strawberries romanoff. This light summer dessert is made by soaking sliced strawberries in orange liqueur and sugar. A creamy and tangy whipped cream topping tops off your sweet dessert.
Sour cream is the unusual addition in this sweet dessert. When folded into your whipped cream, you'll get a rich and tangy whipped cream topping that's not too sweet. The perfect complement for your macerated strawberries.
It's like strawberries and cream, but for grown-ups! Perfect for Valentine's Day or an anniversary dinner. I also include an alcohol-free version in the recipe card.
Ingredients and substitutions
Frozen strawberries can be substituted in this recipe, but you'll want to thaw them before starting.
To make whipped cream, you will need heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream (It may be labeled either way at your grocery store). Light whipping cream, half & half, or milk will not work for this recipe - they do not have a high enough fat content to whip into whipped cream.
Any type of orange liqueur can be used in this recipe. This includes:
- Grand Marnier
- Triple Sec
What is the difference between all of these orange liqueurs? Check out this article: Vinepair: What’s the Difference Between Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and Triple Sec?
Don't want to add alcohol? No problem - use orange juice instead.
Making your whipped topping
If you've never made whipped cream before, check out my detailed post about homemade whipped cream.
A few quick tips - make sure your heavy cream is very cold, and use a hand or stand mixer on medium speed (not high speed).
Once you can see the ripples from your mixer holding their shape in the cream, turn the mixer off and lift up your whisk. If the tip of the whipped cream holds its shape and the tip does not droop, your whipped cream is ready.
Assembling your parfaits
Your strawberries romanoff can be served in practically any way - in bowls, dessert dishes, in stemless wine glasses, or martini glasses.
First, begin with a layer of strawberries. You'll have a considerable amount of extra syrup after your strawberries have set, and that's okay. Simply scoop your strawberries into your serving container, along with a small amount of syrup. Next, top each serving of strawberries with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.
Optionally, top your whipped cream with an extra drizzle of strawberry syrup and a few mint leaves.
Strawberries romanoff origin
Strawberries Romanoff was made popular by Hollywood restauranteur Michael Romanoff in the mid-1900s. His dish was actually inspired by French chef Auguste Escoffier's original dish, "Strawberries Americaine Style."
The original version consisted of strawberries soaked in Grand Marnier, which were then folded into whipped cream and soft ice cream.
- 1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
- ¼ cup orange liqueur, like triple sec or grand marnier
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup sour cream
- In a bowl, add your sliced strawberries. Top with orange liqueur and granulated sugar. Toss to coat, cover bowl, and chill for two hours. Remove from refrigerator and stir once more before assembling your desserts.
- In a bowl, add heavy cream and confectioner's sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. Fold in sour cream.
- Portion strawberries and a small amount of juices into four bowls or dessert dishes. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Optionally, garnish with a drizzle of strawberry syrup and mint leaves.
- Non-alcoholic version: Substitute orange liqueur with orange juice instead.
- As the strawberries macerate in the sugar mixture, they will release juices and you will have extra syrup in your bowl - this is normal. Discard any remaining juices after assembling your desserts.
- Whipped cream is best served immediately after whipping, but will keep for several hours in the refrigerator if made beforehand.
- Your strawberries will continue to macerate and break down as they set in the sugar mixture, and are best enjoyed the same day they are prepared.