Wednesday, August 12, 2015

PEACHES WITH MASCARPONE CHEESE & AMARETTO

Amaretto is a sweet almond flavored Italian liqueur. Here is a dessert using very ripe peaches, mascarpone cheese, whipped cream, amaretto liqueur, amaretti cookies and sliced almonds – a perfect combination.


3 large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks 

¼ cup (60 ml) amaretto liqueur
1 T (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 small amaretti cookies

6 oz (185 g) mascarpone, room temperature 

¼ cup (60 ml) granulated sugar
1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream

¼ cup (60 ml) sliced almonds

Put peaches into a bowl and add the amaretto and lemon juice. 
Gently toss to coat and set aside.

Place cookies in a zippered plastic bag and seal.
Gently crush with a mallet or rolling pin. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.


In a large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and sugar until well blended and fluffy. In another bowl, with a hand-held mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture just until combined. Place a spoonful of the peaches along with some juice into each of 4 parfait or ice cream dishes. Spoon some of the mascarpone-cream mixture on top of the peaches.
Repeat with more peaches and juice, ending with the mascarpone-cream on top.

Chill until ready to serve.

Before serving, sprinkle on the crushed amaretti cookies and top with sliced almonds. 

Serves 4 

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