Try a Royal Family-Favorite Summer Dessert

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In her years as monarch, Queen Elizabeth has sampled the world's finest desserts. She's come to select a handful of favorite treats, including a chocolate mousse, Christmas pudding, and birthday cupcakes. However, there is one dessert that is so popular among the royals that they keep serving it year after year: strawberries and cream.

The royal family has served strawberries and vanilla cream for centuries. According to People, Cardinal Wolsey, a close friend of King Henry VIII, was credited as the first person to make the dish in the 16th century. Now, close to 192,000 portions of the dessert are served at the Wimbledon tennis championships each year.

Photo credit: Julian Finney - Getty Images
Photo credit: Julian Finney - Getty Images

Even though it is royally-approved, the dessert is actually quite easy to make. Perfect for your barbecue or beach picnic, this summer is the ideal time to test out this British specialty. Per People, find the royal family's strawberries and cream recipe below:

Royals Strawberries & Vanilla Cream

Serves: 4-6
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

1 lb. small fresh strawberries, hulled
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
1/3 cup powdered sugar or superfine sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

1. Toss together strawberries and granulated sugar in a medium bowl until coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

2. Place whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.

3. Spoon strawberries with rendered strawberry juices evenly into serving bowls. Top each with a generous dollop of vanilla whipped cream and garnish with mint.

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