i spend plenty of time prepping for blog posts that never make the cut, either because the photos didn't turn out like i wanted, or the dish wasn't that great, or the inspiration just fizzled. this was almost left on the cutting room floor until i pulled out last night's leftover dessert to have for this afternoon's snack and realized, this one needs to get out there.
now, i know full well that berries and cream is nothing new, but i have to go on record praising its delectability. this one mixes the strawberry-raspberry freezer jam i made a few weeks ago with the berries to give them some extra fruity sweetness, and a drizzle of cointreau for a little heady perfume. the cream is whipped with mascarpone and a squeeze of lemon juice for a slight tang. delish!
summer berries with cointreau and mascarpone cream
3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
4 oz mascarpone cheese
3 Tbps sugar
juice from 1/2 small lemon (or to taste)
1 tsp cointreau + 2-3 tsp more (or other orange or fruit liqueur)
8 cups mixed summer berries-- i used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries
3/4 cup berry preserves or jam-- i used our strawberry-raspberry freezer jam
beat together with an electric mixer the cream, mascarpone, sugar, lemon juice, and cointreau until soft peaks form.
prepare berries-- wash, hull, etc. mix the blueberries and strawberries thoroughly with the jam, and carefully fold in the raspberries (if yours are as delicate as mine were).
serve by layering berries in a bowl, glass, or parfait dish, and drizzle with a little cointreau (about as much as will fit in an everyday spoon). top with some cream, then more fruit, another cointreau drizzle (less this time), and end with cream.
organic raspberries and blueberries-- jessie's berries
organic puget summer strawberries-- sidhu farms
cream-- golden glen creamery