Blueberries with Mint and Cream
Desserts and Sweet Endings / June 17th, 2016 6:15 pm     A+ | a-
Blueberries with Mint and Cream2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 pint picked-over blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest

In a very small saucepan simmer water and 1 tablespoon sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute, and in a small bowl toss with blueberries and mint. Chill blueberry mixture, covered, 15 minutes, or until cold. Divide blueberries between 2 Dessert glasses.

In a chilled bowl with an electric mixer beat cream with remaining tablespoon sugar until it just holds stiff peaks and fold in zest. Top blueberries with lemon cream. Garnish with a sprig of mint and two or three fresh berries.

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