My vertigo sadly seems to be sticking… so again, I decided to make simple, easy and a somewhat healthy dessert.  Although as a busy mom of three I suppose I’m often bakin’ easy regardless of my motion sickness.  Anyway this sweet treat is sooo very much better than you would think.  The sweet cheese and the macerated strawberries are delightful on your tongue.  Really.  The kids loved the fruit  – the cheese they were hesitant, but surprised when they realized it was good (I didn’t tell them it was cheese at first).  Alisa looked at it with glee – so excited to eat it – as she loves mascarpone.  She said it was divine.  Loved every spoonful and when I told her she could finish it (all) she looked so very happy…and she did (finish it :))  Anyway – it is elegant and lovely to serve for company.  Although I’ve made something similar before, I was reminded of sweet mascarpone from the book The Mediterrasian Way.  I do love this book – for savory as well as sweets and love the advice the authors give on balancing your lifestyle.  Sweets included (in moderation!)


macerated strawberries with sweet mascarpone cheese (from The Mediterrasian Way by Ric Watson and Trudy Thelander)

serves 4

28 tasty strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or granulated is fine too
dash of fruit liqueur like cointreau
1 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
dash vanilla

Toss the quartered strawberries with the teaspoon of sugar and Cointreau.  Cover and allow to macerate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Mix together the mascarpone cheese, sugar, and dash of vanilla in a small bowl until well combined.

Serve together and enjoy –

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