Mixed Berries With Fresh Vanilla Cream

Mixed Berries With Fresh Vanilla Cream

Serves 6

2 lb. fresh mixed berries (approx. 6 cups)
¼ cup fresh “organic” orange juice
¼ cup granulated sugar

The Cream:

1 cup “chilled” heavy cream
⅓ cup “light” sour cream
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 “halved lengthwise” vanilla bean (or 1½ tsp. vanilla extract)

In a large bowl, place the orange juice, sugar, and a cup of berries. Lightly mash these berries with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher. The goal is to crush the berries until the sugar starts dissolving. Now, stir in all the remaining berries. Set the bowl aside and allow the berries to sit (at room temperature) for 1 to 2½ hours. Occasionally stir and lightly toss the berries to increase the juiciness.

Cream Preparation:

In a medium bowl, place the seeds from the vanilla bean (simply scrape the beans out). Add the sour cream, sugar, and heavy cream. Beat the ingredients with an electric mixer (or whisk) until peaks are formed.

Place berries in small serving bowls (or Ramekins) and top with a little cream.

Diva Tip:

• This dessert is visually beautiful when served in a martini glass or small bowl with a sprig or two of fresh mint as garnish.

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