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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