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Giovanni Pilu's warm spiced berries with balsamic vinegar and goat’s curd

A salty-sweet combination that just works.

By Giovanni Pilu
  • Serves 6
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"Pairing summer berries with goat's curd makes for a different take on strawberries and cream," says Pilu. "The addition of balsamic makes the perfect salty sweet combination."


  • 200 gm caster sugar
  • 100 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 6 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 250 gm raspberries
  • 250 gm blueberries
  • 500 gm strawberries
Goat's curd
  • 500 gm organic goat's curd
  • 130 gm icing sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon


  • 1
    Add sugar and vinegar to a saucepan over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add spices and bay leaves and heat until flavours develop (2-3 minutes). Stir in berries, then set aside to cool.
  • 2
    For goat's curd, whisk ingredients in a bowl to combine.
  • 3
    To serve, add 2 tbsp berry mixture, then 1 tbsp curd in glasses in alternate layers, finishing with a layer of berry mixture.