Blackberries and Cream

Early in our relationship, Eric cooked dinner for me.  He made one of his signature dishes: mussels with white wine, butter, garlic and onion, served with a basket of crusty bread.  There were at least two bottles of wine chilled and ready to be consumed.  Candles were lit, the lights dimmed.  Madeleine Peyroux’s soothing voice sang softly through the speakers.

We sat there and dunked and scooped and slurped, remaining mostly silent, with the exception of a few joyful moans.

The meal came to an end and I wiped my face and rubbed my full belly.  Thinking that we were finished, I went to pick up the plates and clear the table, but he grabbed my hand.  There couldn’t be more, right?  How would I be able to fit it in after that meal!?!

Eric got up from the table and went to the fridge, where he retrieved two containers.  In one hand, he held a pint of berries.  In the other, a container of sour cream.  After placing them on the counter, he reached up and pulled out a box of brown sugar from the cabinet.

We shared that dessert together, relishing every spoon. Once the berries disappeared, we couldn’t help but lick the remaining sauce.  It would be wrong to leave even a drop behind.

Blackberries and Cream


1 pint blackberries, rinsed and dried

1/4 cup sour cream or creme fraiche

2 tablespoons brown sugar (either dark or light will do)


Combine all three ingredients in a bowl and serve.  Eat with a spoon or your fingers.

  • March 14, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Kiran @ - Yummy!! I made a similar recipe a while back with a light custard cream :)ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 7:04 am

    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living - Sometimes the simplest recipes taste the best! I love the accompanying story – when a memory is attached to a meal, it becomes all the more special =).ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - So so awesome! I wish you were going to Disney this weekend for Food Blog Forum. We are going to meet one day! Your work is amazingReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Georgie - Simply gorgeous! Love is a beautiful thing 😉ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Hilah - Mmm. I’ve heard of this combination but never tried it. You’ve convinced me. I can’t wait for the wild blackberries to fruit – not much longer now.
    Thanks for sharing that sweet love story.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Carolyn - Oh man…so simple and SO delicious!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:52 am

    Ron Hilbink - Brian:

    The dessert you shared with us is simple but awesome. I imagine one could substitute many types of fruit and it will also be scrumptious.



  • March 14, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I love the memory that comes with this dessert, and I love how easy it is. I’m definitely giving it a try soon :)ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Ashley - So simple, yet amazing. Must find blackberries!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - This dish looks so cool! I bet it is scrumptious. And adorable story too.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Oh blackberries, how I love thee…

    There’s nothing as satisfying as a simple dish with fantastic ingredients like this. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    cat @ - So simple but tasty! Sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    naomi - Deliciously simple – love it, Brian!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee - ooo blackberries are my favorite. They are so fantstic. This totally makes sense and I want it now! I love simple fresh dishes like this.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Ashley - Now you have me aching for Summer – even more than I already was. This is one of my favorite way to eat berries. period. Love the sweet story that goes with it too.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    foodwanderings - I swear to whoever in the skies one day instead of getting all comlicated I need to make something simple yet so delicious like this Blackberries and Cream. I already spread the love on twitter this am! :) Yum!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Heather @ Stuffed Pepper - I’ve never had berries and sour cream, but it sounds like a genius combination! :)ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Lucky man to have found someone who makes you such fabulous meals! I’ve got to make this tonight. I have some blackberries in the fridge just waiting to be used.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having - I love eating berries with milk and sugar, sort of like cereal, but I never considered sour cream. This sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnn. . . I loves me some blackberries, especially when I get to eat them.

    a veces una mora es sólo una mora.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnn. . . I loves me some blackberries, especially when I get to eat them.

    a veces una mora es sólo una mora, pero cuando hay moras en la costa, la situacion se convierte un poco mas complicada.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    MikeVFMK - Love berries and cream. And so glad E has his signature dishes to make you as well. You two are very lucky.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Sara{OneTribeGourmet} - mmm…such an easy but delicious dessert. love the pairing of creme fraiche and blackberries together!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Joanne - You guys are so adorable, it makes me smile. Unendingly.

    Of COURSE you had to lick the bowl! Sacrilegious if you hadn’t.ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat. - One of my favorite summer pleasures is eating fresh berries and heavy cream. So simple but so decadent. I’ve never thought of sweetening sour cream though! I’ll definitely have to try this.ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 3:07 am

    what katie's baking - i love simple desserts. this one looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Jeanne @ CookSister! - Berries, sour cream and sugar?! Now that’s a new one on me… but I can see how it might just work! I love simple desserts like this that you can put together in a few minutes flat…ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen - spoons is not an option for such deliciousness. I will dive in with my hands full. I just know the beauty of this soooo well…ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - A great story of a romantic first meal…that’s just the way I like to enjoy mussels. Wonderful and simple berries with cream:)ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Cucina49 - Love the story–and how the cream coats the blackberries. This is definitely one of those desserts where less is more.ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 12:48 am

    Barbra Donachy - We love freshly picked berries. This summer we’ll bring along the sugar and sour cream, too. Yum!
    Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Sneh | Cook Republic - What an interesting combination of flavours! I can’t wait to give it a go. What a sweet story too Brian! :-)ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    Deanna - That sounds so good! I love sour cream (must be my Eastern European heritage). Have you ever tried bruleeing the sugar on top of the berries?ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    Meeta - Berries and cream always a winner. In Germany I use quark instead of sour cream and top it with Muscovado sugar – so wonderfully simple yet incredibly flavorful. Love the story B.ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    Julia {The Roasted Root} - Simple, fruity and healthy desserts like this are my favorite! They don’t give you a sugar crash, or make you feel weighted down or guilty. I’d probably go with Greek yogurt and honey. I love the idea and gorgeous pictures! Happy St. Paddy’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Well aren’t those the loveliest little morsels of yumminess! I love how simple the recipe is, and they look incredible. I hope you’re having an amazing St. Patrick’s Day (and something tells me you are!). xoReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    sarah - Every time I come here, I love this space more and more. This recipe is so simple and so lovely! A perfect end to a meal. And, as always, the photos are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} - A wonderful memory to go with a delicious dessert.ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Cindy dodgion - Il like omelettes, French toast, hash browns, bacon oh too much to choose from I love it allReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    martha carter - mexican cheese gritsReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Betsey Terry - yummy make that concoction with strawberries (and actually taste and crave it sometimes) but have never tried Blackberries…will definitely have to try!ReplyCancel

  • March 22, 2012 - 8:16 am

    brandi - I’ve never done berries with sour cream, but a bowl of fresh berries with a bit of heavy cream poured over the top is one of the best things in the world.

    i’ll be trying this as soon as we have berries at the market!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2012 - 12:00 am

    Kankana - Brian, i wanted to let you know that I tried this and it was delicious! I ate it three days in a row. So simple and so refreshing.ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2012 - 6:20 am

    Jolie Angie - Really a good mouth watering one.ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2013 - 2:58 am

    Order in the Kitchen - honestly I would have never thought of this and I’m finding myself wanting to go buy berries and sour cream just to try it… especially when it’s accompanied by a sweet story :)ReplyCancel

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