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Strawberry Bavarian Cream

February 6, 2020 | Updated August 16, 2023 | Laura

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Julia Child's Strawberry Bavarian Cream

✽ Recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I | Julia Child ✽

Julia Child Recipes 62-63 | 465 recipes to go!

✽ Strawberry Bavarian Cream [Bavarois aux Fruits], p. 600
✽ Fresh Strawberry Sauce [Sauce aux Fraises], p. 592


✽ Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I was written by Julia Child who co-authored with Simone Beck & Louisette Bertholle and was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961.

✽ You can buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I which contains these recipes here. (affiliate link)

The purpose of this Julia Child section of my blog is to document my journey of learning how to cook. To show my successes, my failures, and what I learned along the way.

Since I didn't create these recipes (if only!), I do not post exact amounts of ingredients or word-for-word instructions. If any of these recipes spark your interest, I highly recommend you buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking (affiliate link). It's a great investment and learning tool and contains hundreds of classic recipes.

I hope that you enjoy reading my thoughts, learn something new, and leave inspired to try a new recipe. Bon appétit!


Butter Count & Cost: Strawberry Bavarian Cream

✽ Butter Count: +0 TB

✽ Cost: $8.11 [~$0.90 per serving]

Check out the total Julia Child butter count & cost here!

→ Looking for a different Julia Child recipe? Here's a list of all of the completed and pending Mastering the Art of French Cooking recipes!

Happy Birthday to me!

I found my birthday to be the perfect occasion to whip up this strawberry Bavarian cream. I think everybody’s birthday morning should be filled with sugar so I enjoyed this sweet dessert first thing in the morning.

It turned out to be wonderful and another Bavarian cream is now in the books. Only one more to go! I’ll save the Bavarian cream rankings for my next dessert post. Stay tuned!

Looking for more Julia Child dessert recipes to read about?

→ Check out all of the dessert and cake recipes that I've completed so far!

How to Make Strawberry Bavarian Cream

✽ Step 1: Make Custard

Strawberry Bavarian Cream

I’ve said this a million times, but I love this cookbook. Since I am doing all the posts in order, I learn all the basic techniques at the beginning. I now am able to barely look at the book while making a Bavarian cream. This is a big deal for me!

My first one took hours because I spent so much time flipping through the book. Don’t get me wrong- this one still took a good amount of time, but it was so much easier. I have learned so much by bringing Julia into my kitchen!

Julia Child's Bavarian Cream

As mentioned above, this Bavarian cream techniques are no different than the others. Comparative to the orange Bavarian cream, there are two less egg yolks used to make the custard. The fruit puree actually will contribute to the body of the custard so less yolks are needed.

I used orange juice to dissolve my gelatin.

✽ Step 2: Puree Strawberries

Fresh Strawberry Sauce Julia Child

Then I puréed SO MANY strawberries. Not so difficult, right? Wrong! My arm was literally sore the next day from puréeing so much. Who knew cooking could provide such a good workout!

✽ Step 3: Fold in Strawberries & Whipped Cream

Dessert Julia Child

The strawberry purée is folded into the custard along with whipped cream. Everything else is exactly the same as the previous recipes.

✽ Step 4: Make Strawberry Sauce

I decided to serve this strawberry Bavarian cream with strawberry sauce. Best idea ever BUT it required more puréeing.. Oh well, it was worth it (as always), and I toned up my arms.

Okay, actually this Bavarian cream more than canceled out any calories I lost while preparing it. The strawberry purée is beat with an electric blender for 10 minutes along with sugar. Lastly, cognac is beat in.

Simple, but delicious.

Julia Child Bavarois aux Fruits

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More Bavarian Cream Recipes:

Almond Bavarian Cream (a coffee and caramelized almond flavored Bavarian cream)
Chocolate Bavarian Cream (a great dessert for any chocolate lover)
Orange Bavarian Cream (Julia Child's favorite Bavarian Cream recipe)
→ Check out all of the completed Julia Child dessert recipes!

✽ You can find this recipe and all the other Julia Child recipes I make in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I (affiliate link).
→ Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I was written by Julia Child who co-authored with Simone Beck & Louisette Bertholle and was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1961.

✽ Check out my Julia Child Recipe Checklist to see a list of all my completed and pending recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking!

Bon appétit!

February 6, 2020 by Laura Ehlers

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