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Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits

Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Friends and family, beaches and barbecues, fireworks and fun. Nothing screams summer like Fourth of July weekend. For a festive treat that’s sure to be a hit at any celebration, try whipping up this simple, refreshing layered fruit parfait. In patriotic red, white and blue, this cool, creamy dessert is perfect for all your Independence Day picnics and parties.

Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits (serves 4)

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese (available in most Italian specialty markets or gourmet grocers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries (or strawberries)
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    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and whip together with an electric mixer. Slowly add the whipping cream, a little at a time, and continue beating until the cream is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy. Fold in the lemon zest, cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour.

    Using parfait glasses or Champagne flutes, spoon some raspberries or strawberries into the bottom of the glass, then add a dollop of the chilled whipped cream mixture. Add a layer of blueberries, then another dollop of whipped cream. Continue layering until glass is full, then playfully arrange berries on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
     

    Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

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