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.
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)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
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 towellined 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.
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