Saturday, April 16, 2011

Balsamic and Strawberries with Mascarpone Cheese

Yes, I am aware of how this sounds, but it really is super!!!  Please please please try this!!!

1/3 C Balsamic Vinegar
2t plus 4T Sugar
1/2 t fresh lemon juice
1/2 C chilled mascarpone cheese
1/2 C chilled whipping cream
1/2 t vanilla
3- 1 pint strawberries hulled and halved

Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil until syrup is reduced to scant 1/4 cup, about 3 minutes. Transfer to small bowl; cool completely. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Combine mascarpone, cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Whisk until thick soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.
Combine berries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in large bowl; drizzle with balsamic syrup and toss to blend. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Divide berries and syrup among 6 bowls. Top with mascarpone mixture.

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