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Mascarpone Brulee with Fresh Berries

Chef John

"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."
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2 h 15 m servings 486 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  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; 31.1 g fat; 48.7 g carbohydrates; 7.2 g protein; 71 mg cholesterol; 196 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Just delicious. I didn't have lemon so I just used a little more vanilla in the cheese as well as more sugar and it was great. I also don't own a little torch so I put it under the broiler for a...

What a great dessert! I made the shortcakes from "Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake" (also from this site), and used frozen strawberries and blueberries (as that's what I had on hand). It turned o...