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Ruth’s Chris Berries and Cream Recipe

If you’re looking for a delightful dessert that will impress everyone, try making Ruth’s Chris Berries and Cream.

This dish combines fresh berries with a rich, vanilla-flavored cream that brings out the best in the fruit.

I love how the sweetness of the cream complements the tartness of the berries.

One key trick is to heat the cream slowly and whisk it constantly to avoid any lumps.

Enjoy this simple yet luxurious dessert at home, and I promise it will be a favorite in your household.

How to Make Ruth’s Chris Berries and Cream Recipe

ruths chris berries and cream recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Sugar, divided
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • Fresh Berries (choose your favorites)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

In a saucepan, bring heavy cream, vanilla extract, ½ cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt to a slow simmer over low heat.

Step 2:

In a large bowl, whip the egg yolks with ½ cup of sugar until it forms a paste-like consistency.

Step 3:

Add a few spoonfuls of the simmering cream to the egg mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.

Step 4:

Repeat the tempering process by adding another spoonful of cream to the mixture.

Step 5:

Slowly whisk the remaining cream into the egg mixture until fully incorporated.

Step 6:

Transfer the mixture to a double boiler and place it over heat.

Step 7:

Cook for 8 to 12 minutes, constantly stirring, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

Step 8:

Pour the cooked custard through a fine sieve into a bowl to remove any lumps.

Step 9:

Serve the custard over fresh berries.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

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Use Fresh Ingredients

Fresh berries will enhance the flavor and quality of this dessert.

Tempering is Key

Tempering the eggs with simmering cream is important to avoid scrambling the eggs.

Stir Constantly

Stirring constantly while cooking the custard ensures it thickens evenly without curdling.

Adjust the Sweetness

Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar based on your taste preference. If you like it sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of sugar.

Use a Fine Sieve

Using a fine sieve is crucial to achieving a smooth custard without any lumps.

Serve Immediately

For the best flavor and texture, serve the custard and berries immediately after preparing. It tastes best when fresh.

What to Serve with Ruth’s Chris Berries and Cream Recipe

Classic Pairing: Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies add a buttery and crumbly texture that pairs perfectly with the creamy and fruity blend of the berries and cream.

These cookies are easy to make and can be a delightful accompaniment to the dessert.

Unexpected Pairing: Honey-Glazed Almonds

Honey-glazed almonds introduce a crunchy and sweet contrast.

The nuts bring a different texture and flavor profile that complements the smooth cream and fresh berries wonderfully.

Traditional Side: Biscotti

Biscotti offers a sweet and crunchy addition that works well with the smooth, sweet cream and berries.

These Italian cookies add an international twist to your dessert.

Unique Option: Basil Panna Cotta

Basil panna cotta offers an herbaceous and creamy side that pairs intriguingly with berries and sweet cream.

The subtle basil flavor enhances the dessert’s complexity without overpowering the berries and cream.

Out-of-the-Box Choice: Lemon-Lavender Cookies

Lemon-lavender cookies provide a floral and citrusy bite that pairs well with the rich cream and juicy berries.

These cookies introduce a unique flavor combination that both surprises and delights.

Variations and Substitutions

Dairy-Free Options

You can replace the heavy cream with coconut cream to make a dairy-free version.

Use almond or oat milk in place of regular milk.

Sweeteners

Substitute the sugar with honey, maple syrup, or agave for a different sweetening option.

Use Stevia or monk fruit sweeteners to reduce the sugar content.

Egg Substitutions

Use egg replacer or flaxseed meal combined with water instead of egg yolks.

Silken tofu blended until smooth can also be a good alternative for eggs in the recipe.

Fruit Varieties

Try using a mix of fruits like raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries for a more diverse flavor.

You can also use tropical fruits like mango or pineapple for a unique twist on the traditional recipe.

How to Store Leftover Berries and Cream

Use an Airtight Container

Transfer the leftover berries and cream into an airtight container.

This helps keep the cream from absorbing other flavors in your refrigerator.

It’s best to use a shallow container to maintain the integrity of the berries.

Refrigerate Promptly

Place the container in the refrigerator promptly after your meal.

Leaving dairy-based dishes at room temperature for too long can cause them to spoil quickly.

I recommend enjoying the leftovers within two days to maintain freshness.

Avoid Mixing Fresh and Leftover Berries

Keep any fresh berries separate from the leftover mixture.

Adding fresh berries directly can cause the cream to break down faster.

Mix in fresh berries only when you’re ready to serve the leftovers.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Incorrect Temperature

Keep an eye on the cream temperature and don’t let it get too hot.

High heat can cause the cream to curdle and ruin the texture.

Use the lowest heat setting and stir it frequently.

Incomplete Mixing

If you don’t mix the egg yolks and sugar thoroughly, the consistency will be uneven.

It should form a smooth paste before you add the other ingredients.

Use a whisk or an electric mixer to make sure it’s thoroughly combined.

Rushing the Process

It’s tempting to speed things up, but rushing can lead to mistakes.

Give yourself enough time to cook the mixture until it thickens properly.

Cooking too quickly over high heat can result in a poorly textured sauce.

ruths chris berries and cream recipe

Ruth's Chris Berries and Cream Recipe

This dish combines fresh berries with a rich, vanilla-flavored cream that brings out the best in the fruit.
I love how the sweetness of the cream complements the tartness of the berries.
One key trick is to heat the cream slowly and whisk it constantly to avoid any lumps.
Enjoy this simple yet luxurious dessert at home, and I promise it will be a favorite in your household.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 4
Ingredients
  
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Sugar divided
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • Fresh Berries choose your favorites
Instructions
 
  • In a saucepan, bring heavy cream, vanilla extract, ½ cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt to a slow simmer over low heat.
  • In a large bowl, whip the egg yolks with ½ cup of sugar until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  • Add a few spoonfuls of the simmering cream to the egg mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.
  • Repeat the tempering process by adding another spoonful of cream to the mixture.
  • Slowly whisk the remaining cream into the egg mixture until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a double boiler and place it over heat.
  • Cook for 8 to 12 minutes, constantly stirring, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour the cooked custard through a fine sieve into a bowl to remove any lumps.
  • Serve the custard over fresh berries.

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