Berry & Brandy Cream Palate Cleanser (Or Dessert)

"Orig created as an RSC entry, it takes just a few ingredients & a few min time to bring this easy-fix & make-ahead palate-cleanser (or dessert) together. As promised, notes have been added Re use as a dessert. *Enjoy* ! (Time does not include chilling time as that is expressed only as a minimum)."
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Ready In:
8 (3-ounce servings)


  • 1 12 cups strawberries (frozen, but thawed, chopped and kept cold)
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 ounces whipping cream
  • 3 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 3 tablespoons pecans (finely chopped and divided per prep)


  • In a blender, combine 1st 6 ingredients and blend until berries are fully pureed and mixture is creamy.
  • Gently fold in 2 tbsp of chopped pecans and divide mixture among 8 small serving glasses approximately 4 ounces in size.
  • Top each serving with a few pieces of the remaining 1 tbsp of chopped pecans and chill for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  • NOTES: The yield is 8 3-oz servings as a palate cleanser after a savory course of an elegant meal. As a light dessert, I suggest 6 4-0z servings w/a sml berry, scattered choc shavings, a mint or a cookie to dress it up.

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  1. This was delightfully different, and we licked every last drop. It was very easy. The ingredients tasted great together. This recipe made 2 3/4 cups in my Vitamix. I don't have a lot of experience with palate cleansers, but this would reverse a heavy savory taste. I think the whipping cream and liqueurs are better suited to a dessert. How about small chocolate cups with this mix topped with a fresh strawberry or a few blueberries? Bakers, I bet you could turn this into a killer frosting for an angel food cake, with chopped glazed pecans sprinkled on top; the nip would be a great surprise. With 3 ounces adding up to 200 calories, portion control is important. Thanks for entering this in RSC #11; this was indeed a Hidden Gem.


I am an American transplanted from Dallas to Iceland by marriage to a native Icelander & I retired to become his "Kitchen Queen". We love to entertain our family & friends, so I have an eclectic collection of recipes. I especially love simple, easy-fix, flexible & make-ahead recipes - BUT also like challenging myself on occasion. I enjoy baking & food photography. I am devoted to the "More is Always Better Principle" & apply it liberally to bacon, butter & garlic. I can have ingredient issues due to availability here in Iceland & my DH is medically diet-restricted from some ingredients as well. Either situation might require me to modify a recipe, but I will do my best to be true to your recipes & fair/honest in my reviews. Mary Pat (aka twissis)
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