Chestnut Mascarpone Cups

Kim & Becky's Under $20 Wine Picks: Saracco 2005, $13.99 (750 ml.), available through Sam's Wines & Spirits; 800/777-9137 or A slightly sparkling wine made with the Moscato (Muscat) grape. It has an orange-flower aroma and a light, pleasant taste of honey. 2002 Onyx Noble, $15.99 (375 ml. half bottle), available through Binny's Beverage Depot; 888/942-9463 or A South African dessert wine made from late-harvested Chenin Blanc grapes (see Glossary, below). This wine has a minerally, apricot aroma and feels pleasantly syrupy in the mouth with apricot and honey flavors and a lingering tropical finish.

This creamy dessert is also delicious as a filling for crêpes. Prep: 5 minutes.


Makes 6 to 8 servings

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1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 (8.8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese, softened
1 (8.75-ounce) can Crème de Marrons de L'Ardèche (chestnut spread)*
1/4 cup crème fraîche
Garnish: cocoa


Beat powdered sugar and mascarpone at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Stir in chestnut spread and crème fraîche. Fill small espresso cups or other serving dishes; garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or chill, removing from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

*Chestnut spread is available at most supermarkets. If you can't find it, check your local gourmet market or order at

Glossary. Late Harvest: Wine made from grapes left on the vine for weeks after normal harvest time, allowing the grapes to ripen for extra sweetness.

Wine pairing by Kim Sunée and Becky Sue Epstein,


December 2006
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