We thought it might never happen, but summer weather has finally arrived! Berries are the big reward of the summer heat. Which brings us to a favorite and very easy to make summer dessert, Macerated Berries with Sour Whipped Cream!
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What are “Macerated” Berries?
Good question! Macerated berries are berries marinated in either a little juice and sugar or liqueur, until they become somewhat soft, giving up their own juices to make their own sweet, tangy, flavorful syrup.
What is “Sour” Whipped Cream?
Wow, you ask a lot of questions. But I had six kids so I am used to that. To make “sour” whipped cream simply add sour cream to a basic homemade whipped cream recipe, giving it little tang! We love to use vanilla paste in our whipped cream, of course you may use extract if preferred. Here we have served this dessert topping over scones…
What Are “Scones”?
Oh c’mon! You know what scones are, but you may not know where to get an amazing traditional scone mix or a gluten free scone mix (<—right there) These are both easy to prepare and bake up quickly. Basically they are foolproof! You may also like to serve this dessert topping over my no churn vanilla ice cream (just leave out the chocolate covered nuts).
Sugar Free Options:
You can use any sugar you wish, but because we are all grown ups here, I offer a natural refined sugar free sweetening option. Yup, grown ups need to watch that glycemic index! In place of sugar you can use Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option made with monk fruit and Stevia in place of sugar!
The Recipe: Macerated Berries and Sour Whipped Cream
Tips and what you need: I love making whipped cream by hand using a whisk, but if your arms get too tired you can certainly use a hand mixer, or stand mixer. I also love vanilla paste in this whipped cream, but extract works too. If you want to serve over scones, see link above.
A versatile fruit dessert with a tangy whipped cream that can also be used to lavish on ice cream or pour over cakes!
- 6 cups mixed berries (if using strawberries, slice them) I used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup granulated organic sugar or natural sweetener of your choice (see link to Lankanto above)
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar, or natural sweetener of your choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
Place all berries in a large bowl and stir until mixed, remove 1/3 of the berries, place in a smaller bowl and add orange juice and sugar. Use a fork to smash berries and mix sugar
Pour smashed berries over the berries in the big bowl and stir well. Let sit on the counter for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and watch the magic happen
Place heavy whipping cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer or whisk to mix until cream thickens and peaks form
Plate berries, top with cream! Or pour over scones, cake, ice cream, waffles...whatever you wish!
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How delicious. There is nothing better than fresh berries and cream.
I love love love this recipe! Growing up, my mom would put out three bowls each summer: one with amazing CA strawberries from our friend’s farm, one with sour cream and one with brown sugar. It was a mystery of pleasure for two little girls. This is like that but all grown up. I think sour cream is my favorite food.
What a fun idea Megan! You should post that recipe on your blog:)
I love using sour cream to create a slightly tart topping! This looks so good! Macerated berries? Yes please!
I confess our family is partial to a tiny bit of Cointreau… in the berries.. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Cointreau is certainly a legit option!