An easy-peasy treat: vanilla cream berries

Vanilla cream berries2 Servings

If you have been following our blog, you know by now that I do not have a sweet tooth. Thank goodness for me and my dieting resolution, Stefano does not either. This means that, unless I’m hosting a dinner, we always finish our meals with fruit. However, every rule has an exception and our daughter is more than happy to offer us the occasion to break the routine.

Whenever she craves something sweet, I try to add a twist to her fruit. One of my “twists” is this vanilla cream that goes beautifully with any kind of berry. It takes only a few minutes to make, it’s very light (a detail not to be underestimated considering that the warm season is upon us) and when you are done gulping it down, there is hardly any sense of guilt left around… After all, you just had a bowl of fruit, right? 😉


1 cup, milk
A quarter of a vanilla bean
1 egg
2 Tbsp, sugar
2 Tbsp, flour
1 cup, diced strawberries
1/2 cup, blueberries


In a small pot, pour the milk. Cut the quarter vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With the help of a knife, gently scrape the seeds out of the bean and add the seeds to the milk. Start warming the milk on a very low heat. In a bowl, whisk the egg and the sugar. Add the flour and whisk until you obtain a smooth mixture. When the milk is hot, add the egg mixture to the milk and keep whisking for 10/15 minutes.

Put the berries in two serving bowls or glasses, pour some of the cream on top of each one and serve while the cream is still warm.



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27 Responses to An easy-peasy treat: vanilla cream berries

  1. I’ve been looking for a quick, easy (and light) dessert to serve at our wine club on Friday . . . this will be PERFECT!! Salud!

    • Francesca says:

      Glad to be of any help. A little suggestion: along with the vanilla seeds, add a little bit of lemon zest to the milk. I think it is a nice touch in terms of taste but it’s not for everyone. Hope you have fun on Friday.

      • The vanilla cream was a HUGE hit, Francesca! Everyone LOVED it! I will definitely be making this again . . . and again. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Salud!!

      • Francesca says:

        My pleasure! I’m happy that your night was a success. There is nothing better than cooking something and being appreciated 🙂

  2. I so wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but your lovely creamy dessert would definitely satisfy it. I love strawberries with sabayon or creme anglaise or any cream sauce. This sounds simple and delicious and the perfect light ending to a delicious meal.

  3. This sounds perfect for the end of a meal. Sometimes fruit isn’t that sweet or ripe so this would be perfect.

  4. Francesca, this sounds like a wonderful and light dessert for the end of a meal. Even though I have a terrible sweet tooth sometimes even I need a break from cookies and cake!

  5. Sofia says:

    Wow, looks so delicious! I must try it 🙂

  6. This is my kind of recipe Francesa. It’s sweet and I have a sweet tooth but because the vanilla cream is served over fruit it’s also a healthy treat (well maybe semi- healthy). I also like it because it’s simple to make. The image is lovely. 😉

  7. ChgoJohn says:

    This is such a wonderful, light dessert, Francesca. It’s not too rich nor too sweet, just perfect for dessert. And it sure does make a great presentation. This is one recipe I’ll be sure to make. Thanks for sharing.

  8. milkandbun says:

    I so like this picture!! Its so bright and fresh, I even can feel the smell of flowers! Simply amazing!

  9. Francesca says:

    Mila, thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  10. This looks so easy and delicious. I have berries just waiting to be enjoyed. Perfect timing.

  11. Mmm…That look’s mouth-watering yummy. Maybe I’ll try this one day. 😀

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  13. This looks really yummy. I think it would be perfect to calm a sweet tooth craving. Plus it isnt loaded with unnessesary sugars and carbs. thank you. I will give this recipe a try.

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