A summer berry recipe in the middle of winter?? I know it sounds a bit strange to post a recipe that calls for summer berries in February!! But perhaps you, like me, have a nice little stockpile of frozen berries from your berry-picking and/or farmer’s market adventures this past summer. Yet, even if this isn’t the case, there are usually local markets that carry frozen berries at this time of year. (And let me assure you, another great option is to simply enjoy this delicious creamy custard all by itself!
Truth is, the boys and I are REALLY ready for summer! So as silly as it may seem, I must admit that this special treat brings a smile to our faces – that’s because each bite of this warm, creamy custard is just bursting with the sweet flavors of summertime!
Another wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can easily enjoy whipping it up with the kiddos! It’s just a few simple ingredients that come together beautifully, as you can see below. (And you can also make it dairy-free, see recipe note below!)
You don’t have to use real vanilla bean in this recipe, pure vanilla extract will do just fine. Frankly, any recipe that provides an opportunity to use a knife, is a sure fire way to get my youngest excited about being in the kitchen – LOL!
Similarly, a whisk works just fine to blend together the custard ingredients. But since I know my older son enjoys using the electric hand mixer, that’s what I brought out. (It’s a no-brainer that men of all ages just love power tools – LOL!)
When placing thawed blackberries and raspberries in the custard mixture, be sure to allow them to thaw completely and leave out the juices – those would make the custard too moist to set well.
This delightful creamy custard is a wonderful way to highlight the sweet flavors of summertime berries, or to simply enjoy all on its own!
P.S. You can also use this recipe to create adorable little individual chocolate-vanilla custard cups, like the ones shown above. I shared this as a sweet Valentine’s Day idea, but it’s also a great idea for anniversary celebrations, baby and bridal showers, Mother’s Day, or anytime you want to create a beautiful, delicious dessert for that someone special! You can find my Chocolate-Vanilla Custard Cups recipe over at Honeyville Farms Cookin’ Cousins Blog.