Instead of biscuits or shortbread, this sweet concoction uses packaged ladyfingers, which give it a light texture that's good on blazing days. Individual desserts are easy to serve—no cutting or scooping—and easy to eat. (They'll disappear in a flash!)
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3- or 3.4-ounce) package ladyfingers
How to Make It
Combine strawberries, amaretto, and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Let stand about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and whipping cream in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold in mascarpone cheese and vanilla.
Layer ladyfingers, mascarpone mixture, and strawberry mixture in 6 (9-ounce) bowls.
Looking for an easy springtime dessert, I was happy to come across this delightful dessert. It was easy to do and came together well. It wasn't quick (whipping the cream, folding in the mascarpone, and composing the dessert), but it wasn't difficult. The ladyfingers (which I also splashed with amaretto) were easier to use than either sponge cake or biscuits. I lined the pafait glasses with the ladyfingers and sliced and marinated the strawberries in advance, so only had to whip the cream, fold in the mascarpone and compose the dessert. Garnished with a sprig of mint and a raspberry for a beautiful, delicious, and well-received dessert.
I didn't have any amaretto, but I did substitute the almond extract which I felt really made it a 5/5. Beautiful presentation. I made and assembled this 24 hours a head of time and it was perfect. Making it again this week.
I made this one night when I wanted a quick, no bake dessert. Everyone enjoyed it, it had great flavor, and was a nice way to use some fresh strawberries. I didn't have any amaretto, so I simply left it out. I also used cream cheese instead of the mascarpone (much cheaper). I only give it 4 stars because although it was simple, and tasted good, it also didn't "Wow" anyone at the table.