Wednesday, August 15, 2012

peaches with rosemary-mascarpone whipped cream



Last week I walked into my office and there sitting on my desk, was a copy of the food section of The Washington Post.  Before I had a chance to peek at it, my sweet friend, Trish, was standing at my door, excited about the recipe she had found.  "You will love this, Carol!", she said enthusiastically!  Since being in the planning stages of a cup of mascarpone, I adore how my co-workers are always on the look-out for recipes they think I'll enjoy trying. Of course, they also know they are my taste-testers, so that may have just a little something to do with it!  {smiling}

Trish couldn't have been more right about me loving this one!  Light brown sugar macerated peaches lying gently upon a mound of rosemary-infused mascarpone whipped cream, atop a light, crisp pizzella - an Italian waffle cookie. What's not to love?  A totally no-cook recipe, which takes no time at all - and can I just say, it is absolutely divine!




Trish offered to bring me fresh cut rosemary from her garden, so the following day sitting in a water filled glass, was a 3 foot cutting of rosemary.  I burst out laughing when I saw it, looking like Snoopy's Christmas tree proudly displayed on my desk.  Coming from its thick stem were lots of young, light green, tender shoots, perfect for infusing the cream and garnishing the finished delicacies.




The incredible combination of flavors, with very little preparation, makes this recipe delightful!  Although homemade pizzelle are the greatest, you will be using store-bought for this creation.  You can choose any flavor you wish, or that your grocery store carries.  Vanilla, almond, lemon or anise, are among the more popular flavors. I tried both vanilla and anise, and still can't make up my mind which I loved more with the peaches and mascarpone - maybe for me, the anise! :)

I'm confident you are going to adore this Italian twist on the classic American peaches and cream!  Give it a try this weekend while peaches are at the peak of their season.  You will be happy you did!

Until next time…Mangia!  xox

Carol




Peaches With Rosemary-Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons coarsely chopped rosemary, plus rosemary sprigs for garnish
3/4 cup whipping cream
1-1/4 pounds peaches (about 3) pitted and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup mascarpone
6 store-bought pizzelle

Create the peaches and rosemary-mascarpone whipped cream:

1)  Make ahead:  combine the rosemary and cream in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  (The rosemary needs time to steep in the cream to impart maximum flavor.)

2)   Place the peaches in a medium bowl, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar, toss well and let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes, while preparing the mascarpone whipped cream.

3)  Combine the mascarpone, the remaining 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in a medium bowl, stirring to mix thoroughly.

4)  Pour the cream through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer, discarding the chopped rosemary.  Beat the cream at high speed until it forms soft peaks.  Gently fold the cream into the mascarpone mixture.

Finishing touches:

To assemble:  set a pizzella in the middle of each plate.  Spread some of the cream mixture on each pizzella, then top with peach slices, fanning them decoratively if desired.  Drizzle with any juices from the macerated fruit, if desired, and garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Recipe adapted from the food section of The Washington Post.



18 comments:

  1. What a simple yet scrumptious treat! Your co-workers sound like a thoughtful group (though I'm sure you're right - they have the incentive to supply you with recipes that you will share with them! ;)). Beautiful use for those picture-perfect peaches!

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    1. Perfect description, Laura! You're right, the peaches were perfect - I almost didn't want to eat them! I had never infused mascarpone before…and this was wonderful - just the hint of rosemary made it so special! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  2. Yet another delightful recipe. And so simple even us not-so-talented cooks can impress our family and friends.

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    1. Jeannette, I think you will enjoy this recipe, and yes, it will impress!!! Thanks for stopping by, and please come by again soon!

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  3. I love these simple yet elegant recipes that have as their protagonist a fruit! this one looks very tasty and inviting!

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    1. Thank you, Katerina! I totally agree! Hope you have an opportunity to give it a try! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!!

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  4. Hi Carol! Well it seems like we are kindred spirits since we are neighbors (I live in a Maryland suburb of D.C.), we are both new bloggers and we both love baking both sweet and savory! What a light, beautiful dessert this is! A great way to showcase our gorgeous summer peaches. And that rosemary mascarpone whipped cream sounds just luscious! Your photos are lovely! : )

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    1. Hi Anne! I'm so happy you found my new blog - and thank you for your sweet comment! Our peaches have been delicious, this year, haven't they? It's so very nice to meet you, and especially since you're right around the corner! Have a lovely weekend! Carol

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  5. This is such a great idea for an easy dessert. I love how light it is, and that it showcases the fruit.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kyleen! You're so right - it's easy and light! I hope you stop by again soon!

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie! You will have to try this simple recipe from the peaches from Katie's tree! :)

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  7. I'm in so in love with peaches these day, and this makes one perfect & easy dessert! The photographs totally bring out its beauty!

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    1. What a sweet comment!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment - so appreciate it! Have a great weekend! Carol

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  8. wow, rosemary-infused cream - I have to try that! The photos are gorgeous too, they shine :-).
    You have a beautiful site!
    By the way, I see that you are sharing your photos on Foodgawker and Tastespotting. Do you know about RecipeNewZ? It's a much newer site with no editorial review of submissions. So they get published much quicker. I think you might like it.

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    1. Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my different recipes. This infused mascarpone is absolutely incredible, and you can use it with anything! I'm going to have to check out RecipeNewZ, haven't heard of that before, still kind of new to blogging. It's like pulling teeth trying to get the others to accept photos at times! :)

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  9. this looks delicious!!!!! I am soooooo going to make this!

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    1. Thanks so much, Addielyn! Enjoy, it's delicious!!!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol