Mixed Berries with Orange Mascarpone Cream

Photo: Oxmoor House
Summertime means berries and stone fruits. You can take advantage of the abundance and low prices of the season, and serve them for a quick and easy dessert. Any combination of berries will work; even add a sliced nectarine or two.

Yield:

Serves 6 (serving size: 3/4 cup fruit mixture and 4 teaspoons mascarpone cream)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 149
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Fat 9.3 g
Satfat 4.8 g
Monofat 0.1 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 3.2 g
Carbohydrate 15.8 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 15 mg
Calcium 64 mg

Ingredients

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup vanilla 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 cups quartered strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Orange curls (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)

Preparation

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.

2. Combine strawberries and next 3 ingredients (through blackberries) in a medium bowl. Gently stir in sugar, mint, and orange juice. Spoon fruit mixture into bowls; top evenly with mascarpone cream. Garnish with orange curls and mint leaves, if desired.

Tip: Don't wash your berries until you're ready to use them; otherwise they can go bad quickly. Once you wash them, dry them gently on paper towel–lined jelly-roll pans. Give them a gentle shake to remove excess water. Also, I buy organic when possible because berries easily absorb pesticides.

Kids Can Help: When washing berries, line baking sheets with paper towels. Then let kids rinse the berries in a colander, dump them onto the baking sheets, and give them a shake to dry them.

Note:

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Amanda Haas,

Cooking Light Real Family Food

September 2012