It has been hot, hot, hot here in Houston. Ever since we landed here, the temperatures have been in the triple digits. Add to that “stay-at-home” all day situtation- you get one cranky little lady (well may be not little but definitely cranky). So to remind me of some cooler weather- here is an easy dessert that combines most of my favorites- strawberries, lavender and whipped cream
Ingredients (adapted from the minimalist’s version)
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp vanilla powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lavender- I just crushed it using my mortar and pestle
Hull strawberries, wash them and chop into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. Toss with half the sugar, and wait 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they give up their juices.
Place half the strawberries and all the juice in a food processor, and purée. Pour purée back in bowl with the remaining strawberries.
Whip the cream with powdered sugar, crushed lavender and vanilla extract until cream is stiff and holds peaks easily. Fold berries and cream together, and serve immediately.
The heat had just subsided (albeit temporarily, may I add) because of a thunderstorm. I mean one spoon of this ever-so simple dessert and I was transported to an English gardens(I have never been to one) filled with roses that are fragrant, grass made greener by the rains and heavenly smells as the first few drops of cool rain kisses it.