This is the perfect quick dessert for guests, or just to fulfill a sweet tooth in a pinch. I found the vanilla dessert cups in Whole Foods and immediately knew I was going to fill them with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. This recipe is easily adaptable to account for what is on sale or what looks freshest, any berry or fruit will do.
4 vanilla dessert cups
1/2 pint blackberries
1/2 pint raspberries
2 strawberries, halved
1/2 cup whipping cream/heavy cream
The juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon sugar
To make, add the cream to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix the cream on medium/high until frothy.
Add the juice and zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon sugar. Beat on medium/high until stiff peaks form, and the mixture resembles whipped cream.
Scoop the whipped cream into a plastic bag.
Close the bag and snip off one of the lower corners. Squeeze a few tablespoons of the mixture into each of the dessert cups.
Top with blackberries and raspberries.
Add a little more whipped cream and top with one half of a strawberry. If desired, top with additional zest.
Easy and beautiful right?
The lemon adds a tanginess to the whipped cream that works so well with the sweetness of the berries. It really might be difficult to have just one of these!
In case lemon isn’t your thing, I got creative later in the day and tried a rose water whipped cream instead.
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon rose water
Add the cream to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix the cream on medium/high until frothy.
Add the sugar, vanilla and rose water. Beat on medium/high until stiff peaks form, and the mixture resembles whipped cream.
This is a more aromatic whipped cream that really made me happy. It was SO good! (Remember: I’m a huge rose water fan. If you smell rose water and don’t think it smells like something you want to eat, you probably won’t like it. But if you do, this is a wonderful way to enjoy it!)
I personally prefer the rose water version. But berries, cream, and lemon are a classic combo for a reason!