An uncommon dessert that is sadly not seen much outside of Scandinavia and the Midwest, Swedish crème is worth making at home. A custardy, dense, and tasty dessert that is also super simple and decadent – what's not to like?
Swedish Creme with Summer Berries
Swedish crème is a unique custard dessert that is sort of halfway between a crème Brulee and a panna cotta.
However, unlike either of those desserts, this one doesn’t require any of the extra steps to get a recognizable dessert. It is simply a blend of different dairies, some sugar, and a few choices of extracts to make for a delightfully fragrant and fruity dessert.
Pair this dessert with any of your favorite summer berries, like strawberries or whatever fruit is your favorite.
Swedish Creme with Summer Berries Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Sour cream
• White sugar
• Plain yogurt
• Vanilla extract
• Orange extract (or Grand Marnier)
• Whipping cream
• Fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
How To Make Swedish Creme with Summer Berries
• In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, and orange extract
• In a medium bowl, whip the whipping cream until light and fluffy and soft peaks for about 5 minutes
• Slowly fold the prepared whipped cream into the sour cream mixture
• Pour the cream mixture into tall clear fancy dessert dishes and layer your favorite fruits in one or two layers, depending on the tallness of your glasses
• Chill in the fridge before serving
• When ready to serve, top with sliced strawberries, raspberries, or whatever your favorite summer fruits are
What Kinds Of Fruits Are Good For This Recipe?
Swedish crème is excellent as a sort of template for all kinds of other recipes and desserts, as it pairs super well with all kinds of different fruits.
The basic, most simplistic fruit for this recipe would definitely be strawberries – they have the most summer-forward flavor profile, and their relatively low liquid content ensures that strawberries won’t mess up the overall texture of the dish.
However, don’t feel totally limited to strawberries – any fruit that screams “summer” to you would work well.
Some blueberries would be really good here, as would some really ripe orange slices cut into wedges.
If you have a few more exotic fruits like kumquats or dragon fruit, they would also work really well. As long as it has a lot of tasty sweetness and doesn’t overwhelm the consistency of the Swedish crème with juice.
Which Is Better – Orange Extract Or Grand Marnier?
Just like a lot of other similar recipes, we call for either some orange extract or to use some Grand Marnier liquor instead.
The reason for this is because Grand Marnier is basically just orange extract dialed up to 11, alongside some other contrasting flavors and a good amount of alcohol.
However, don’t let the alcohol put you off – a lot of really delicate and delicious flavor profiles are only alcohol soluble. In fact, most regular orange extracts are actually a tincture, meaning that they are slightly alcoholic on their own.
If you had the choice, you should definitely go for the Grand Marnier, but orange extract will definitely work in a pinch.
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Swedish Creme with Summer Berries
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Orange Extract (Or 3 TBSP Grand Marnier®)
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 cups fresh strawberries cleaned, hulled and sliced
- In a large bowl combine the sour cream, yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, orange Extract (or Orange Liqueur.)
- In a medium deep bowl, whip the whipping cream until light and fluffy and soft peaks form- about 3-5 minutes.
- Slowly fold the prepared whipped cream into the sour cream mixture.
- Pour the cream mixture into tall clear fancy dessert dishes and layer your favorite fruits in 1 or two layers depending on how tall the glasses are.
- Chill in the fridge before serving.
- When ready to serve, also top with sliced strawberries, raspberries or your favorite fresh summer fruit! Enjoy!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.