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Berries & Cream from "Chef"

inspiredthroughfood
Simple ingredients elevated with technique. Sweet berries, fresh mint, whipped cream, and a caramel dust create an irresistible dessert! This Berries & Cream recipe is the perfect summertime treat.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Caramel Dust

  • 1.5 cup granulated white sugar

Macerated Berries

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries de-stemmed
  • 1 cup blueberries optional
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chiffonade

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream keep very cold
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Macerated Berries

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the berries and sprinkle half a cup of sugar. Add in the Grand Marnier and mix to combine. Let sit in fridge for an hour. In the meantime make the caramel and the whipped cream.

Caramel Dust

  • Line a baking sheet with a silpat. In a small sauce pan melt the sugar over a medium flame. Swirl the pan occasionally (do not stir) until all the sugar has dissolved and turned into a medium dark caramel color. Be careful not to burn it!
  • Pour the caramel onto the silpat lined baking sheet in a thin even layer. Let cool completely.
  • Break up the caramel with a wooden spoon. Take the broken shards and pulse them in a food processor until finely ground. Run through a mesh sieve to make a dust. Reserve a few shards if you would like to use them as a garnish. (If you don't have a food processor just put the shards in a cloth kitchen towel and lightly hammer with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin)

Whipped Cream

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whip until medium peaks form.

Compose Dessert

  • Add the mint to the berries and mix to combine. Scoop the berries into serving bowls.
  • Top with a large spoonful of whipped cream and dust with the caramel. Garnish with some of the cracked caramel sugar if you'd like. Enjoy!
Keyword Berries, Caramel, Simple, Summer, Whipped Cream