Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mascarpone Brulee with Fresh Berries – How did he do that?

What is the ultimate experience for a foodie? Making something that your other foodie friends can’t figure out how you did! They won’t be able to figure out how you “browned” the mini Mascarpone cheesecakes, without it melting into a puddle on the shortcake. I’ll explain further during the clip. This simple summer dessert is inspired by three of my favorite desserts…Crème Brulee, Cheesecake, and Strawberry Shortcake. It’s also the perfect excuse to go out and finally get one of those cool culinary blow-torches!

Since the weather is warming up, two things come to mind; what am I going to make with all those sweet berries, and how can I avoid turning on my oven. This dessert is so fast and easy, and looks “cooked” since we are going to “Brulee,” or caramelize, some sugar on top of the Mascarpone. I’m not a big dessert person, but this is my idea of the perfect finish to that early summer dinner. If you can’t find fresh berries, those mixed frozen berries will fill in nicely. Enjoy!

Important Note: one tip I forgot to mention in the clip. It will help if you refrigerate the Mascarpone-topped shortbreads for 15-30 minutes before you burn the sugar on the top. If the cheese is too soft, it may begin to melt as you Brulee the sugar.

1 pint strawberries
1/2 pint blackberry (or any fresh berry)
1/3 cup sugar
juice of half orange
8 oz Mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) or regular cream cheese
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp sugar
few drops of vanilla
2 shortcakes or plain scones, halved
sugar to Brulee top

Need a Creme Brulee touch? Here is a link for you to check out:
Creme Brulee Torch from BonJour


kristofer said...

Cool.. I love mascarpone! Some mascarpone, some honey and a cracker and I'm happy!! But this is interesting as well, and looks fantastic.. on a side note I picked up a very similar torch at Lowes home improvement for $20, it's a Lenk brand, yellow and black in color, works great for browning and anything else you might need a mini-torch for!

Ben said...

That is a very good-looking mascarpone. Thanks for the great recipe, I will have to try it as soon as I get the mini torch.


Anonymous said...

That looks so good. btw have you ever tried couer a la creme, if u have please post it on youtube, thx.

Chef John said...

thanks, no i havent ;(

MeLiSsA said...

Is it possible not to use a torch at all? But perhaps something else? As it's my first time attempting something like this and perhaps will only do it once for someone special so it's abit wasteful to get a torch just for this time. Wish me luck!

Chef John said...

just eat raw!

Anonymous said...

pretty cool stuff here thank you!!!!!!!