I made dessert for our gam­ing group tonight. As I’ve said before, I am not very adept at mak­ing pas­tries. So instead of mak­ing any­thing that would involve any kind of pas­try, like a pie or cake or any­thing of that nature, I opt­ed for berries and cream. Mak­ing a Mixed Berry Sal­ad with Whipped Cream was quick, easy, and was a very eco­nom­ic dessert for 7 peo­ple.

I took 2 quarts of straw­ber­ries, quar­tered, 1 pint of black­ber­ries, 1 pint of rasp­ber­ries, and 1 pound of halved, pit­ted cher­ries and com­bined them togeth­er with the juice and zest from one lemon, 1 table­spoon of water, 1/4 cup of sug­ar, 1 table­spoon of hon­ey, 1/2 tea­spoon of cin­na­mon, and 1/4 tea­spoon of salt. I let the mix­ture sit cov­ered in the refrig­er­a­tor overnight to let berries release some of their juices.

Right before I served the berries, I took a bowl of ice and put a sec­ond bowl on top of it. In the sec­ond bowl, I put 1 pint of heavy cream, 1 tea­spoon of pure vanil­la extract, and 1/2 cup of pow­dered sug­ar and whipped them togeth­er. I used my immer­sion blender, which has a wire whisk attach­ment, but I’ve used beat­ers or even just a hand­held wire whisk before. It just takes longer to do it by hand.

The berries are very sweet and I end­ed up not being able to eat as many of them as I want­ed to. Every­one else seemed to go nuts for them. I was debat­ing whether to use 1 quart of straw­ber­ries or 2, and it’s a good thing I used 2 or there wouldn’t have been enough for 7 peo­ple.

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