Sundays are the day I usually splurge on dessert. Not on eating the calories (gleefully I splurge on calories every day!) but on making something more out of the ordinary than chocolate chip cookies, which usually fill up our dessert quota for the weekdays.

This dessert was perfect for a Sunday evening meal. It was heavenly, in fact. Silky, creamy (homemade!) cream pudding is topped with berries and shaved chocolate curls. It was an unexpectedly delicious combination. Again from my Aunt Marilyn, this phenomenal, crowd-pleasing dessert can be made the night before and is the perfect ending to a lovely meal. It is all at once light, smooth, decadent and ultimately satisfying.

My husband and I agreed that this dessert tops any pudding or yogurt we’ve ever had in taste, texture and creaminess. And my kids? They were in heaven, too (with very messy faces, I might add).

Berries and Cream

Berries and Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (I used reduced fat with great results)
  • Fresh or frozen berries

Directions

  1. Simmer the 3 cups cream and 1 1/2 cups sugar, stirring constantly to avoid scorching, until it comes to a boil. Set aside and cool completely.
  2. Dissolve unflavored gelatin in the 1 cup boiling water and set aside to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Gradually add all of the ingredients together (making sure that the cream mixture and gelatin mixture are completely cooled). Stir with a wire whip until totally smooth. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on service of cream and chill overnight. (My Aunt Marilyn makes this in the morning before church, scoops the cream mixture into individual dessert bowls before chilling and the cream is set and ready to eat by 5:00 p.m.)
  5. Top with fresh or frozen berries* and shaved chocolate curls. I used Pioneer Woman’s tip on chocolate curls and couldn’t believe how gourmet I felt when they turned out.

Notes

*I used frozen raspberries. I thawed them overnight, then simmered the berries and their juice in a small saucepan with 2 teaspoons sugar until thickened (about 6-8 minutes).

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/berries-and-cream/

Recipe Source: from Aunt Marilyn

25 Responses to Berries and Cream

  1. jaesi says:

    oh deliciousness. oh heavenly deliciousness. This will be made before Sunday…oh yes it will.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hello,
    I love your blog and your Aunt Marilyn’s recipes! Do you think I could use this pudding in a trifle?
    Thanks.

  3. Valerie says:

    Oh, yummy!! And thanks for the link to the curl instructions. I’ll have to give that a try–along with this.

  4. grace says:

    it’s funny how something so humble and seemingly simple can be so elegant and delicious! this is a magnificent creation, melanie, and a refreshing change from cookies and cakes and pies. :)

  5. Emily says:

    This looks amazing, I will have to try it in the next week or two!! Yum!!!

  6. Melanie says:

    Stephanie – yes, I believe this cream pudding would be delicious in a trifle. Just be sure to let it set up well enough before layering with other ingredients.

  7. LanceandMandyBird says:

    I love your blog! I drool just looking at it. I also love your Aunt Marilyn’s recipes. Thanks!

  8. teresa says:

    what a pretty dessert!

  9. Shanna says:

    Love that top pic! This looks really tasty ;)

  10. Katy ~ says:

    Yummm….so rich and suave I think. Sounds elegant!

  11. Cammee says:

    Your chocolate curls are PERFECT and I’m not even a chocolate fan! I can’t wait to try this.

    In other news…I’ve already made THE cornbread twice. Divine.

  12. Jeanneoli says:

    Why are you showing this when I am trying to be soooo good:-)

  13. Cassidy says:

    I wish I was one of you children…you eat so well!!

  14. Jan says:

    Looks delish! BTW, I submitted this recipe in the PW contest…maybe we’ll win! :) Love reading your site! Thanks for the recipes!

  15. Camille says:

    Looks sooooo yummy!!!! Can’t wait to try this one!

  16. bakingblonde says:

    Love the presentation of this dessert!
    Can’t wait to serve these up!

  17. Melanie says:

    Jan – hey, thanks for submitting this recipe! That would be unbelievable if you won…I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  18. Katee says:

    I made this dessert yesterday and it was decided it’s the best dessert I have ever made for my family. My youngest (3 yrs old) said, “I was the best mommy ever!” Thanks for the recipe. I hope others who try it get the same results I did. NOW I AM SUPERMOM!

  19. Melanie says:

    Katee – I have been dying for someone to post that they have actually tried this recipe – you are the first! Thank you! I am so, so glad it was a hit, and seriously, if it helps you achieve supermom status, then that is a raving success!

  20. Stacy says:

    We tried this this weekend and loved it! My husband said it was his favorite dessert ever! We also had family over tonight and served them some of the leftovers and they loved it. Thanks so much for such a great recipe!

  21. Mel says:

    Stacy – thanks for checking back in to let me know that you liked this! I would have to agree with your husband. This is such a delicious elegant dessert and I’m glad it was a hit!

  22. Sarah says:

    I love your site, and use your fabulous recipes all of the time. Thanks! My gelatin/water mixture turned into a thick jello consistancy when I allowed it to “cool completely”. Thus, when I mixed everything together my end result was slightly lumpy (tapioca like texture). Did I let the gelatin mixture cool too long? It still tasted heavenly….but for future reference, I’d like to know how I could improve. Thanks!

  23. Mel says:

    Sarah – I’m sorry this didn’t turn out better for you. I’m guessing that yes, the gelatin mixture probably cooled too much but I know that probably sounds strange since it says to cool completely. I guess the rule of thumb should be to let it cool completely but not get gelatinized. (Not an official word but you catch my meaning, right?)

  24. Jnl2211 says:

    I was checking to see if you had a panna cotta recipe…this is pretty similar and heavenly! I like to make a buttermilk panna cotta and spoon preserves over it too. Another great recipe, thanks Mel!

  25. Sheila says:

    So very delicious! I made this recipe for Father’s Day and husband is still longingly speaking of how good was ths dessert. Thanks, Mel!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.