Berries and whipped cream go hand in hand with summer parties. The berries are in season, the whipped cream is easy to grab from the fridge, and no one wants to feel weighed down by a heavy dessert. Plus the red, white and blue colors just scream for the dessert to be served over the Fourth of July weekend! As classically Americana as this dessert is, it could use a little shjushing. (Side note: How the heck do you spell shjushing?! Anyone?)
This dessert is super simple, but infusing the basil into the whipped cream makes it a little more impressive to serve to guests at your holiday party. Plus you can make it in advance, pop it in the fridge and then emerge from the kitchen with a tray full of holiday themed desserts just like Martha Stewart.
In fact, this recipe comes from the master hostess herself, but we tweaked it a little to make it more patriotic and festive for the holiday. The basil adds an herbal freshness that compliments the sweet berries and cream perfectly. It tastes just like summer and the light treat is exactly what you need after a day of hotdogs and beer.
Berries Basil Infused Whipped Cream
- 1 pint of Heavy Cream
- 1 carton of Strawberries
- 1 carton of Blueberries
Chop basil into small pieces - the amount you use will determine the intensity of flavor. Place heavy cream in saucepan and heat it until it just starts to simmer. Remove cream from heat and add the chopped basil, cover and let steep for 30 min. Pour the basil infused cream through a strainer. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Don't skimp on the refrigerating step - I tried to whip the cream when it was still a little warm and it was a disaster!
Then follow our simple way to make whipped cream in a mason jar. No electric mixer needed. Don't forget to fold in sugar to add some sweetness.
Dice up some strawberries and then simply layer the berries and whipped cream in jars. I find using a baby spoon (my favorite food styling tool!) the best way to get the whipped cream in the jars without getting it on the sides of the jar. I also put the whipped cream in a plastic bag, creating a makeshift pastry bag, which worked great as well. Start with a layer of whipped cream and add some diced strawberries. Then layer the cream and strawberries up to the top of the jar and top with blueberries so it looks like the grand ol' flag. Raspberries would also work great in lieu of the strawberries!
Serve with a spoon and dig in while watching the fireworks
(all photos jamie grill photography)