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Cherries Poached in Red Wine with Mascarpone Cream

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Thick mascarpone cheese mixed with honey makes a luscious topping for poached cherries. You can serve the dessert either warm or cold. We love it both ways.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1- by-3-inch strip orange zest
  • 2 pounds sweet cherries, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey

How to Make It

  1. In a medium stainless-steel saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Add the cherries and bring back to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the cherries are just tender, about 5 minutes. Pour into a glass or stainless-steel bowl so the cherries don't overcook.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the mascarpone with the honey. Remove the strip of orange zest from the cherries. Serve the warm cherries and syrup in bowls or stemmed glasses, topped with a large dollop of the mascarpone cream.

  3. Variations: · The warm cherries and poaching liquid are great alone--without the mascarpone cream--or with whipped cream.: · Serve the mascarpone cream with cut up fresh fruit or mixed berries instead of with the poached cherries.

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