Strawberry shortcake never tasted so good -- or so nuanced. Heavy cream is steeped with basil then whipped, infusing it with its essence. Cover the cream with plastic wrap while it steeps to ensure that the basil flavor doesn't evaporate.
This was so ridiculously good. I'm not usually a huge fan of whipped cream on desserts--it just doesn't do enough for me to justify the calories and fat. This basil cream was incredible, though--I ended up scraping the rest of it off the leftover shortcake when our guests left and just eating it and the strawberries with a spoon. Very easy, amazingly delicious--I definitely recommend it!!!