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Apple-Mascarpone Parfaits

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings
Mascarpone is a soft triple-cream cheese, similar in texture to cream cheese. You can substitute regular cream cheese, but the parfaits won't be as flavorful.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
  • 4 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 265
  • caloriesfromfat 20 %
  • fat 5.8 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 10.8 g
  • carbohydrate 43.5 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 15 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 390 mg
  • calcium 82 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and the next 5 ingredients (apple through salt), and cook 12 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Remove from heat.

  2. Place cottage cheese in a food processor, and process until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add mascarpone, granulated sugar, and vanilla, and process until smooth. Spoon 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each of 6 parfait glasses, and top each with 2 tablespoons apple mixture. Repeat procedure with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture and 2 tablespoons apple mixture, ending with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.