this just might be the perfect spring dessert. but we had some friends over this weekend, and it was just what the doctor ordered… even thought it’s the dead of winter. and it’s really simple, requiring only berries and a few more ingredients.
the berries are sweetened with sugar and then the tartness from the juice of a lemon makes them perfectly sweet and sour. mixed with the perfection of fluffy homemade whipped cream and the thick, creaminess of the mascarpone cheese…
i don’t need to tell you i had seconds.
mixed berries with whipped cream & mascarpone cheese
(makes 4-6 desserts)
4 cups total of berries (i used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, & blackberries)
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 tsp vanilla (overflowing, but not quite 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup (4 oz.) mascarpone cheese, at room temp
1. take mascarpone out of the fridge to let it sit on the counter while you prep the berries.
2. place the berries in a medium-sized bowl. add 2 tbsp sugar. roll the lemon to soften, cut it in half, and squeeze both halves over the berries. gently toss with a small spatula. refrigerate up to 1 hour to let the berries soak up the sugar & lemon juice.
3. just before serving, pour the heavy whipping cream into a large bowl. add remaining 2 tbsp sugar and vanilla and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. add softened mascarpone cheese and gently fold into the whipped cream.
4. scoop berry mixture into individual serving dishes (i used small, stemless wine glasses) and top with whipped cream & mascarpone.
recipe & photos are mine.