Chestnut Mascarpone Cups

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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.