Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese
1⁄3 c. Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 t. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. plus 4 T sugar
1/2 c. chilled mascarpone cheese
1/2 c. chilled whipping cream
1/2 t. vanilla
3 pints strawberries, hulled, halved
Combine balsamic, 2 t. sugar and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil until syrup is reduced to about 3/4 c. (about 3 minutes). Transfer to small bowl, cool completely. Combine mascarpone, cream, vanilla and 2 T. sugar in medium bowl. Whisk until thick soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Combine berries and remaining 2 T. sugar in large bowl; drizzle with balsamic syrup and toss to blend. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Divide berries and syrup and syrup among 6 goblets. Top with mascarpone mixture.
This isn’t a recipe that you would normally think of as a “kid’s” recipe. But every time we make it, there is nothing left. The tanginess of the balsamic vinegar is so good with the sweet, creaminess of the cheese.