Neither does it have to be expensive. Sure, it can be and some extremely tasty desserts can cost a bit to make but then are the times that you want something that tastes expensive but you don’t have the time to fuss. Or you have a two year old who wants you to hold his hands while he runs in circles around you… for an hour. Or maybe you forgot the time and the promise you made to make dessert. Not that I’ve ever done that… but I’m sure it’s happened to someone…somewhere *innocent look*
When any of the above happen and your world is no longer spinning and the nausea has passed if the reason was of the two year old variety, this dessert is a great one to try. I had some Mascarpone cheese I had been wanting to use and after seeing a post made by one of my favorite bloggers-
she got me inspired to make up a quick dessert using the Mascarpone. She’s a good one for that. 🙂
So here it is. I hope you enjoy.
Mascarpone Mousse And Raspberry Parfait
- 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese, softened
- 8 ounce package cream cheese , softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 20 ounce cans raspberry pie filling
- In a medium bowl, whip the heavy cream and 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar on low speed until the sugar is incorporated. You could do it on high speed but if you do, I want pictures because you will be covered in powdered sugar hehe. When the sugar is mixed in, turn the speed up to high and continue beating until stiff peaks form, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside while you make the mousse.
- In a large bowl, beat together the Mascarpone, cream cheese and sour cream. When thoroughly mixed, add 1 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar. On low speed, beat until sugar is incorporated, then turn the speed up to high and beat for 2 minutes.Â Stir in a large spoonful (about 1/4 cup or so) of the whipped cream to lighten up the mousse mixture.
- Fold in the rest of the whipped cream until there are no streaks of cream left.
Eat this by the spoonful and don’t save any for anyone else
- Layer the mousse mixture in pretty glass bowls with the raspberry filling, ending with a dollop of the mousse on top.. Alternately, you could layer it in a huge glass bowl if you’re serving this to a large group.
Oh. My. God. ! Now I really need this! I may actually try this one but am curious as to what the mascarpone cheese is?? Never heard of it before. Sounds REALLY good!
Think of it as a very rich combo of Ricotta and Cream cheese. You should be able to find it in the “fancy cheese” section of any large grocery store 🙂
Bye-Bye Diet hopes…..*waves*
Shhhhh… if we don’t talk about it, the calories fly away
needs some shaved dark chocolate on top too!!
If I ever make it with a chocolate mousse, that’s a definite 🙂
At first glance I thought this was a big trifle dish, but now I see that it is individual servings. Raspberry and cream are wonderful together. We don’t always require chocolate to make things taste good!
Well, no it’s not REQUIRED exactly but it sure helps 😀
This is a great dessert!! I love the flavor combo of mascarpone and raspberries… delish!
Thanks Kate! Me too
This is making me hungry. I just happen to have mascarpone cheese in the fridge…..is baking at 1 am acceptable?
Baking at ANY time is acceptable 😀
If you eat this first and then spin around the room with your 2 yr old it would totally be calorie free. Since I don’t have a two year old I guess I’ll happily enjoy every gram of fat and carbohydrates.
But if I spin around the room, then I’ll get sick and that would REALLY rid me of all the calories 😛