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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for the Category 'Desserts'

Modena Aceto Balsamico Balsamic Vinegar On Desserts

Thursday, October 02nd, 2014

Modena Aceto Balsamico Balsamic Vinegar

Aceto Balsamico From Modena Has Been The Best Balsamic Vinegar For Centuries

Modena Balsamic Vinegar is great on desserts and pastries as a topping. Ice cream, cakes, and other novelties can also be well flavored with Italian Aceto Balsamico balsamic vinegar. Cake and pastry making, as we know it, began with the Italians. The gastronomic arts developed at the same time that the city state of Venice was at its peak of power. Venetians were rich, the richest group of people in all of Europe, and they turned their minds to fine foods and wines. Banquets held in l8th-century Venice were remarkable affairs that went on for hours, occasionally even for days. The marriage of the children of two prosperous families of Venice was an occasion that brought forth displays of the greatest skills of the cooks and chefs of the city.

Modena Balsamic Aceto Balsamico Brought Kitchen Specialty Chefs Into Existence

It was during this period, for the first time, that specialists in the kitchen arts first appeared. The first meat chefs, the first cake makers came into being at that time, for so involved had the culinary art of Italy become, that only specialists could hope to create the complicated creations which Venetians expected. Cake making is still regarded in Italy as a fine art, calling for the utmost devotion by its practitioners. Any person, man or woman, with a light hand in pastry-making is highly regarded by his neighbors.

Balsamic Topped Strawberries

Friday, September 26th, 2008

A Unique, Healthy, and Tasty Dessert

Everyone loves desserts, so you shouldn’t let their unhealthiness stop you from eating them. Instead, you can create your own delectable, low-calorie dessert right in your own kitchen. Such low-calorie desserts are especially great for mothers, who, according to research, are overweight more often than not. Even if yours is not among the over 50 percent of mothers who are currently at risk for diabetes, help your mom stay healthy by preparing healthy desserts for her to enjoy.

Because fruits are both sweet and a healthy choice, these are great for desserts. Strawberries, in particular, possess a delicious sweet taste. Strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar may seem like an odd combination, but this is actually quite a mouthwatering treat. In fact, once you try topping your strawberries with balsamic vinegar, you’ll never find the need to use sugar.

Instead of taking your mom out to dinner this Mother’s Day, prepare this tasty balsamic-topped strawberries dessert for her. She’ll surely remember it for years to come as a dessert that is both flavorful and good for her health.

A recipe for homemade balsamic vinegar is listed below. If you opt to buy store-bought brands, go for Villa Bellentani Gran Reserva Balsamic. This vinegar has an exquisite and complex aroma, a dense and syrupy consistency, and a rich taste that makes it perfect for drizzling over strawberries.

Preparing a Homemade Balsamic Topping

To create a delicious balsamic topping, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Let it simmer until its viscosity is reduced to a thin syrup and the vinegar has a sweet taste. The vinegar should be reduced to less than half of its original volume. This process is called reduction or what some refer to as “boiling down.”

Featuring a taste much bolder than apple cider, authentic balsamic vinegar is made from grapes. It is the result of years of aging in wooden barrels. The barrels actually have a great influence on the final taste of the vinegar. The finest, and most expensive, balsamic vinegar comes from the province of Modena in Italy.

Cheaper versions of the Modena-made balsamics are available as traditional brown-colored balsamic or white at local grocery stores. Try which of the two you like best. Dark balsamic vinegar is great with strawberries as explained above. You can even add a dash of pepper to this dessert for added flavor. Aside from being a great dessert topping, balsamic vinegar can be used on all types of vegetables, like cauliflower, asparagus, squash, and also on fish.

Fresh Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

1 cup balsamic vinegar (white balsamic if desired)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups ripe red strawberries

Using a saucepan that won’t react to the vinegar, combine the vinegar and sugar. Constantly stirring the mixture, bring the ingredients to a boil. Once the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes, while you stir occasionally. Be careful, as the vinegar can scorch if left unattended. You want the vinegar to turn into a thick syrup. Once it does, remove it from the heat and leave to cool.

As for the strawberries, wash, dry, and slice the strawberries, preferably with an ulu knife. Place the strawberries in a bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of the balsamic reduction your created over the strawberries. Gently stir the berries together with the reduction using a plastic spatula. Refrigerate the dish for one hour.

To serve your strawberry dessert, place the strawberries in a dessert saucer and garnish with fresh mint. You now have a unique, flavorful, and low-calorie dessert perfect for Mother’s Day or any special occasion.

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Balsamic vinegar that brings true robust Italian flavor to your table.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Balsamic Vinegar that is nearly syrup.

Fresh sliced strawberries and a drizzle of VSQP.
…’incredible taste and palate.’ ‘flavor like balsamico should be’
‘how can this be vinegar? … its absolutely delicious’

From the family operated balsamico production of Villa Bellentini. Aceto Balsamico di Modena. VSQP Black Label – “Very Special Quality Product” (V.S.Q.P.) This balsamico vinegar, is mature and rich in flavor. Aged for a minimum of twelve years in small casks made of fine antique woods, some of which are centuries old. This aging process creates a dense pleasantly sweet syrup in which the flavors of the fruit and woods is discernable. The unique and delicate flavor make it a wonderful taste for oil and vinegar dressings or a treat which can be enjoyed on simple foods like ice cream or fresh strawberries.

Modena Villa Bellentini Aceto VSQP is syrupy sweet with only a hint of vinegar tartness. Aged gourmet balsamic vinegar is ideal in oil and vinegar recipes. This gourmet condiment is used as a dessert topping, drizzled over fresh fruits, ice creams or cakes. It is also popular to drizzle it over Parmesan cheese as a dessert too.

Each balsamic vinegar we offer has been taste tested. All balsamic vinegars offered on our site are of exceptional quality and taste and have passed our stringent taste requirements.

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Fresh Sliced Strawberries with orange and balsamic vinegar

Thursday, March 08th, 2007

1 pint fresh sliced strawberries
One half cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
One tablespoon fructose
Six sprigs fresh mint

Wash and stem fresh strawberries. Slice berries and place in medium-sized bowl. Now mix together with orange juice balsamic vinegar and fructose. Pour mixture over sliced strawberries. Gently stir berries to cover in liquid. Let stand for about one hour. Spoon into dessert dishes and garnish with sprig of mint. As a variation spoon over one scoop of quality vanilla ice cream.

Should serve six.

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Berries with Balsamic Cream and Orange

Thursday, November 09th, 2006

Orange Segments and Berries with Balsamic Cream
Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
6 servings

An outstanding Balsamic cream dessert. The vinegar becomes thick and syrupy and very sweet when it’s reduced. Use it like you would a chocolate sauce; it’s fabulous over ice cream or frozen yogurt. I tend to make this a lot in the winter months when citrus fruits are the best offerings at the produce stand.

– 4 navel oranges
– 3/4 cup aged Balsamic vinegar from Modena ( aceto balsamico )
Р1/3 cup cr̬me frąche
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 12 ounces fresh strawberries, quartered

With a very sharp knife, cut the peel and white pith from the oranges. Cut between the membranes to release the segments.

Whisk the vinegar, crème fraîche, and sugar in a heavy small saucepan over medium-high heat until it thickens and resembles chocolate sauce, about 8 minutes.

Arrange the orange segments and strawberries decoratively on dessert plates. Drizzle the warm balsamic sauce over the fruit and serve. Alternately, the Balsamic sauce can be served at room temperature and spooned over the fruit.

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Sliced Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

modena balsamic vinegarServes 6


  • 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 pints washed and sliced strawberries
  • Fresh Ground black pepper, just enough for flavor

Warm the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and fresh lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the syrup is reduced by half (to 3 tablespoons) this should not take more than 3 minutes. Pour syrup into a small bowl and let cool completely.

Place strawberries in a large bowl and toss gently with brown sugar. Let stand 10- 15 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar syrup over the strawberries, add just a pinch of fresh ground pepper to taste. Gently combine. Serve the fresh sliced strawberries and syrup with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Villa Bellentani VSQP Balsamico di Modena makes this dessert recipe extraordinary.


Fresh Sliced Strawberries with Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

oil and vinegarMakes 4 servings
You may find this combination peculiar at first, but it is really simple to make and makes an extraordinary after dinner treat. 
Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena makes this recipe simply outstanding.


  • 2 tablespoons fine brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups sliced, small, red-ripe strawberries
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • 4 cups lemon sorbet

1. Mix brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl. Add sliced strawberries and mix gently. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
2. Serve in small dessert bowls over 1 cup sorbet. You can garnish with fresh mint if desired.


Mixed berries with Tradizionale Balsamico di Modena

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

This particular vintage of Villa Bellentani Balsamic Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena has been aged 20 years.

  • Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena
  • Mixed berries of blackberries, blueberries and starwberries
  • Traditional balsamic vinegar
  • Half slice starwberries and mix with blackberries and blueberries

Flavor them with a syrupy drizzle of Aceto Gran Reserva 25 Balsamico di Modena. Serve immediately after drizzling balsamico.

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