Friday, April 1, 2011

Macerated Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar with Orange Mascarpone


As far as I can remember, strawberries and mascarpone was the first dessert I attempted in my life. I remember serving it to 10 guests at my home. It was a one-hit wonder. As you already know, I seldom do desserts, because making savory dishes seemed like more fun. It has been a long time since I last made strawberries and mascarpone.

Until recently, my sweet tooth almost mysteriously sprung to life like top notch dance music on news radio. I started craving for ice creams and fancy desserts. I think I've put on 5 lbs. Maybe it's time I learn to make some nice desserts. Today I attempted strawberries and mascarpone after what seemed like 5 years. Oh boy, was it still as good.

Slowly but surely, I will post more dessert recipes and photos. Meanwhile, I hope you like this recipe as much as I love it so deeply. Have a great weekend.

serves 4

500g strawberries, small to medium sized ones, leaves picked and discarded
250g mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup + 3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence or 1/4 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp grand marnier
chopped mint to garnish

- To macerate the strawberries, put strawberries in a bowl or container. Add vinegar and 1/4 cup of sugar. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

- While waiting for the strawberries to be ready, mix mascarpone with orange zest, 3 tbsp of sugar, vanilla essence and grand marnier. Put it in a container and let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

- To serve, spread a layer of mascarpone mixture on a plate and top with macerated strawberries, drizzling some of the liquid from the strawberries. Garnish with mint and serve cold.

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