Mascarpone Brulee with Fresh Berries


Since the weather is warming up two things come to mind: what am I going to make with all those sweet berries and how can I avoid turning on my oven? This dessert is so fast and easy and looks cooked because we brulee sugar on top of the mascarpone. I'm not a big dessert person but this is my idea of the perfect finish to that early summer dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pint whole strawberries, stems removed

  • ½ pint fresh blackberries

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ orange, juiced

  • 1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • 3 drops vanilla extract, or to taste (Optional)

  • 2 shortcakes, halved horizontally

  • 4 teaspoons white sugar, or as needed


  1. Mix strawberries, blackberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and orange juice together in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 2 hours to overnight.

  2. Stir mascarpone cheese, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

  3. Spread mascarpone mixture over the top of each shortcake half; sprinkle about 1 teaspoon sugar over the top to cover. Caramelize the sugar using a kitchen torch, 20 to 30 seconds per shortcake. Place each shortcake in a shallow bowl and surround with berries and accumulated juices.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find fresh berries those mixed frozen berries will fill in nicely. You can substitute any berries for the blackberries.

You can substitute cream cheese for the mascarpone. You can substitute plain scones for the shortcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

486 Calories
31g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 486
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 66mg 330%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 252mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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