Macerated Berries and Grapes

I wanted to serve a fresh and pretty dessert after dinner the other night, but I really didn’t feel like baking so I decided on fresh fruit (a somewhat easy January task here in California). I ended up with  fresh blackberries, strawberries and grapes. I macerated them for a few hours, I whipped up some cream, put a dollop on the top of the berries TA-DAH a dessert was born. EASY!

...A light and pretty dessert that is easy to make.

…A light and pretty dessert that is easy to make.

Macerated Berries and Grapes

***chill your bowl and beaters before you whip the cream***

1 quart strawberries, cleaned and quartered

1 pint blackberries, rinsed

1 cup seedless, green grapes, washed and halved

1/8 th cup brown sugar

1/4 cup Chambord (black raspberry liqueur)

Homemade Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)

1/4 cup white sugar

1-2 tsp vanilla extract

The Fruit: At least 3 hours and up to 6 hours ahead of time, combine the berries, grapes, sugar and Chambord. Mix gently with a silicone spatula so as to not crush the berries. Set aside.

The Whipped Cream: Whip the cream in a very cold bowl with cold beaters until firm peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat. Now add the vanilla and sugar and beat just a few seconds more.

To serve:Stir the fruit gently to get the juices throughout the fruit.Top the fruit with the whipped cream and listen to your friends squirm with delight! (haha okay, probably not, but it is good!)

What did I love about this recipe? It is so fresh tasting and tastes very special.

What didn’t I love about this recipe? There wasn’t any  left after dinner 😦 .

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