As a special treat this week, I got to help my mother prepare for my sister’s birthday party. I don’t know why it took until I was in my 30′s for us to team up throwing soirées, but I’m so glad we finally got our acts together. We both love to cook and bake, and have the “go overboard on everything” gene. Parties with my madre are the best. I generally serve as the Sous-Chef while we prepare – and this weekend in addition to my knives, I brought my camera. I’ll be featuring a couple of my favorite desserts from my momma’s kitchen this week, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
We begin with berries. Lots of berries. My mom got a little giddy when slicing up the strawberries for this bountiful delight. I’m pretty sure it was because of all those gorgeous reds and blues and the rich sweet mascarpone. But, it could just have been the limoncello.
We did a little dance in the kitchen after it all came together because it just looks so amazing. This dessert is very simple to make and I absolutely LOVE it. My mom said she could just eat this for a week solid and never grow tired of it. I completely agree. Fresh bright berries with a hint of tartness, piled high and topped with heavenly creamy mascarpone. Oh yum.
Mixed Berries with Mascarpone-Limoncello Cream
from My Momma’s Kitchen
1/4 cup chilled whipping cream
1/2 of an 8oz container of mascarpone
3 T + 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 T limoncello
8 cups of assorted fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries…)
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
1 T grated lemon peel
Combine whipping cream, mascarpone, 3 T sugar, and limoncello in a large bowl. Beat until soft peaks form.
Combine all berries, raspberry preserves, lemon peel and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in another large bowl; toss gently.
Chill until ready to serve. Top berries with cream and enjoy!