Fresh Berries with Salted Sweet Cream has got to be the easiest dessert ever to make on a hot summer day! But best of all, everyone loves it!

People have enjoyed the classic, timeless combination of  freshly picked berries – blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or strawberries topped with sweetened whipped cream for thousands of years.  So why change perfection?  Well… because I wanted to enjoy something more decadent than the basic, “Fresh Berries topped with Whipped Cream” that we all are familiar with.  

I decided to top fresh berries with unsweetened whipped cream scented with pure vanilla extract, a sprinkle of brown sugar, a touch of sea salt and toasted pecans.  Ooooooooh!!!  
I LOVED IT!  It was so simple yet lusciously delicious!

What made the all the difference?  It was the combination of the brown sugar combined with the sea salt sprinkled on the unsweetened whipped cream!  This combination changed the plain cream into an almost ethereal, caramel tasting delicacy.   

Sea Salt has a marvelous complex taste that some chefs describe as having an “almost sweet taste” and does amazing things in bringing out flavor.  If you cannot find a great sea salt, you can use kosher salt, which is available at most grocery stores.  I do not recommend using an iodized table salt; use a natural salt – you won’t believe the flavor difference!
  

Fresh Berries with Salted Sweet Cream 
Ingredients:
Fresh Berries ~ as many as you desire 
Whipping (Heavy) Cream – See Note below
Pure Vanilla Extract
Brown Sugar
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt 
Toasted Pecans (optional, but highly recommended)
Gimme-Gluten-Free Method:
1.  Place washed, fresh berries in each individual bowl or goblet.  Set aside while you whip the cream.  Note: Blackberries, Marionberries, Boysenberries, Blueberries, Strawberries and Raspberries are great choices.  Use as many berries as you desire. 
UNSWEETENED VANILLA WHIPPED CREAM 
2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream (I use 40% butterfat cream)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Beat the cream and vanilla at medium speed in a chilled bowl. When the cream starts to thicken, increase the speed to high and beat until the cream looks like light, creamy clouds. 
2.  Spoon a decadent amount of Unsweetened Vanilla Whipped Cream on top of the the berries.  Sprinkle brown sugar  on top, to taste. You may wish to put the brown sugar in a bowl so each guest can spoon on their desired amount.   
3.  Sprinkle with sea salt or kosher salt, just a little, to taste.  The addition of the sea salt adds so much flavor ~ do NOT leave it out!  This was yummy, but when I added Perfect Toasted Pecans… this made Fresh Berries with Salted Sweet Cream taste like a Berry Crisp but without any baking needed ~ yes! 

Lynn’s Notes:  Eating a small portion of Fresh Berries with Salted Sweet Cream was an exquisite torture for me since I can only have a wee bit of dairy.  But a few bites of this gluten-free treat was  pure Nirvana!  If you can enjoy dairy products, you simply MUST try this simple dessert.  

Did you know that the higher the fat content in dairy products the lower the amount of lactose it contains?  I try to find the highest-fat cream possible since my tummy can handle tiny amounts of lactose.  

 

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