Berries with Vanilla Coconut Cream

by Kiran on August 25, 2011 · 37 comments

in Desserts

I love summer berries. Hands down. Cannot live without it. Let’s face it, I’ve never encountered such berries in Malaysia. We have strawberries, but even that is often tart. And berries are usually imported. But we are known for durians. Bet this cream would be as delicious made with durians.

In order to consume as much as possible before summer is over, I’ve been hoarding boatload of summer berries.

They are darn expensive during winter and frozen berries doesn’t stand a chance in comparison to fresh and crisp berries!

Also, recently I’ve been having a huge hankering for coconut. I’ve been developing a lot of recipes centered around coconut. Looks like someone is not willing to leave summer just yet. Let’s face it, coconut and summer goes hand in hand.

Bought some new linens from Crate and Barrel. These are just too cute and bright. Very summery. If you are a food blogger, I need advise on where can I get great linens and props for a fraction of price? I am on a huge mission to scour some great deals on cute food photography props 😉

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  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp agave or sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or custard powder


  1. On low, heat whole and coconut milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Do not boil, just a slight simmer.
  2. With a pairing knife, slit a vanilla pod and remove the seeds to add into milk. Throw the pod in the simmering milk as well.
  3. In a separate bowl, add 2 egg yolks, sugar and whisk till slightly pale in color. Throw in cornstarch. Mix well until incorporated.
  4. Once milk is heated, add it gradually to egg mixture and continue whisking to avoid scrambling. This is called “tempering“.
  5. Transfer the “tempered” mixture into the same milk saucepan and heat it over medium while whisking.
  6. Allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
  7. Remove from heat and put it over an ice bath for instant cooling. Whisk every now and then.
  8. Transfer cream into a clean bowl, cover with plastic and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
  9. In a fancy glass or serving bowl, add berries of choice : blueberries, strawberries, blackberries etc. Drizzle the vanilla coconut cream and serve immediately, with a spoon and a smile 🙂


How do you tame your sweet tooth? What’s your favorite desserts? My list is way too long.

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1 Yash Bhatia August 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM

This looks SO yummy!
I’m gonna try that recipe ASAP!
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2 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for your comment. I hope you’d try this recipe. Let me know how it tastes 🙂

BTW, I would appreciate it if you would stop linking your blog post via IndiVine for promotion here in the comment section.

3 angela August 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yum, that looks really good! Will have to try it sometime.

4 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Thanks for the comment honey 🙂

On the other note, I hope you and the family are doing fine in the aftermath of Irene’s craziness.

5 angela August 30, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I’m in Oklahoma so no hurricanes here 😉 But my family in CT is doing well. No power for a day and no real damage. Best friend there will have no power for a week, but her family is safe and that’s what counts. Thanks for asking. 😉

6 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I am so glad y’all are doing fine. Even with Category 1 and Tropical Storm update, Irene did so much of damage. It sends chills just thinking about all those devastation and lost of lives 🙁

7 Anne John August 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Totally yum! My fav berries are blueberries and strawberries 🙂
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8 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Thanks honey. Me too! I love berries all round. Anything would do for me: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries even Cherries. Basically, anything and everything that ends with “rries”. You get the drift, right? 😀

9 Rivki Locker August 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Just BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing! I do really well on linens and dishes at Pier 1 Imports. Their sale items get REALLY cheap – I’ve scored placemats for $1 or less a piece. Ikea’s also great if you have one near you!
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10 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Thanks for the tips! I’ve been to Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, Home Goods and Ikea last weekend. Even in Anthropologie, I’ve scored a nice bowl on sale for $3! Not too shabby 😀

11 kankana August 25, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Tiramisu.. yes, that’s my fav dessert 🙂
This has everything i like and I am sure once i try this one , it might just land up competing with Tiramisu 😉
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12 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Thanks for the compliments honey. I feel honored 😀 I too have a very soft spot for Tiramisu! And cheesecake. Sigh. If only we can stuff our face with all the decadent desserts without feeling guilty.

13 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 26, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Very yummy!! My husband love coconut & berries, I would not have thought of combining the two in such a unique way, I need to try this one soon -before berry season goes away!
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14 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Thanks honey! Try it and let me know how it tastes. I’ve been on a huge hankering for coconutty desserts lately. It reminds me of my homeland 🙂

15 Simply Life August 26, 2011 at 7:33 AM

mmm…this looks like pure comfort!
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16 Reem | Simply Reem August 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

This looks luscious…. YumYumYum.. I have to try this soon.
B/W for props I love HomeGoods, Ikea and many craft stores also comes handy both collection wise and price wise. Try it if these are near to you.

17 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Thanks for the prop recommendations dear 🙂

18 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes August 26, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Gorgeous looking dessert. Love the beauty of the berries.
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19 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Thanks a lot dear. This recipe was concocted on a day where it was way too sunny to bake 🙂

20 Tanvi August 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Looks YUMMY!!!

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21 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Thanks honey 🙂 Try it, it’s so refreshing and delicious!

22 Bren August 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

so yummy! i do this with bananas when I’m really hungry for something healthy or sweet! I love the shot of the vanilla bean. Nice coming to your blog!

23 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting and compliments 🙂
I love your idea using bananas. This recipe is so versatile, you can basically use different seasonal fruits. Best eaten chill on a hot day!

24 carolinaheartstrings August 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I have never had this and I cannot wait to try it. It looks just delicious!
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25 Kiran August 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Thanks honey. You should try this recipe soon before the fresh berries season is over. Best eaten chilled on a hot day 🙂 Try it and let me know how it tastes.

26 Mia SUnday Rose August 31, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Ha ha , my list is way too long too:-)

Ur dessert here is absolutely fantastic and coconut cream sounds so delicious!
Love the addition of the berries , it aint jus pretty but a great combi too.
Ur pics are so clear and the lighting perfect , i sure could do with some tips :-))
Sunshine day 🙂

27 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments honey. You made my day 😀

In regards to food photography, I am still in a learning process but would be glad to walk through the whole process by sharing it with you and the rest. Planning a blog post about it, soon. Thanks for the idea!

28 Richa@HobbyandMore August 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM

love the berries in season.. perfect and fresh ones arent the same as the frozen ones for sure!! and in a creamy dessert.. works for me!
i got some props from yard sales recently.. and looked up my storage room and took out some cotton dupattas …i never wear them here anyway.. and those indian colors work well!
lovely clicks!
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29 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Thank you so much for the recipe compliments. You idea on yard sales and colorful dupattas are great for food props. Thanks for sharing 🙂

30 Punctuation Mark September 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM

that looks delicious especially for breakfast!

31 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

32 aipi September 6, 2011 at 10:17 PM

A beautiful summer dessert ~ love the idea!

33 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments!

34 Rosa September 19, 2011 at 2:49 PM

What a delightful dessert! The coconut cream must taste really divine.



35 Christine Ross December 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM

works for me! so yummy!
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