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Dog Days of Summer: Summer Berries with Vanilla Whipped Cream

In these dog days of summer there are times when eating anything that comes close to warm is just out of the question. I mean come on, the afternoon rain is steamy around here.  It seems to me that there is a reason why berries are in season right now…for us to eat something refreshing and sweet without heating up the house!

These berries are delicious for dessert or as a snack. They really are quite addictive and they can’t be beat with a light and fluffy Vanilla Whipped Cream. Use whatever mix of berries that works for you. They are all in season and oh so sweet right now. Think you don’t like blackberries? You probably haven’t tried them in season when they are no longer tart but as sweet as a strawberry. I chose to skip the strawberries because the other berries don’t get as much play in my house. Add some strawberries if you want. Either way, try this refreshing dessert on your family today! They will thank you for it.

Summer Berries with Vanilla Whipped Cream

Ingredients

1/4 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Plus 2 tbsp, sugar

1 Tbsp Plus 1 tsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp Lemon zest

1 Cup Heavy cream

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

4 Cups Mixed fresh berries

Additional sugar for sprinkling
Directions

  1. Combine water, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice’ and lemon zest in small saucepan over medium high heat to make a simple syrup. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Pour in another bowl, cover and cool completely in refrigerator.
  2. Add cooled simple syrup to berries in a bowl. Toss and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. In a glass bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the cream, vanilla and 1 tsp lemon juice. Whip until soft peaks form.
  4. Serve berries with whipped cream alongside for a refreshing dessert or snack. Sprinkle lightly with additional sugar if desired.
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