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Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

A luscious mascarpone dessert with strawberries, cream and white chocolate.

 

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

 

MASCARPONE DESSERT

The actual name of this dessert is Spaghetti Ice Dessert. I chose not to use that because, I think, except for those living in Germany and possibly except for those living in our area, nobody would know why on Earth a strawberry dessert with no spaghetti or ice cream in it, is called Spaghetti Ice Dessert. So here it is why:

Germany is famous for its exquisite ice cream. It was brought to Germany by the Italian immigrants sometime in the 60’s or the 70’s and most of the ice cream parlors around here are still owned by Italian people. And they make the most amazing ice cream you can possibly have.

They have these tall, shiny menus, with huge photographs of extremely large and decadent cups of ice cream, loaded with berries or fresh fruit, tons of whipped cream, runny syrups and liquors….. One can only use superlatives to describe those ice cream cups.

 

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

 

And the shining star of all these ices, the best known of them all, the one most commonly sold and eaten is the Spaghetti Ice Cream, my husband’s and my daughter’s favorite.

I don’t think that I have ever experienced my husband eating anything but the “Spaghettieis”, when we happen to go out for ice cream or on a Sunday when our favorite ice cream person comes around with his ice cream wagon.

His name is Bushi and his ice cream is about 100 times better than any ice cream I have ever eaten. He’s been coming with his wagon, every Sunday from April to October (or longer, depending on the weather) for as long as I have been living here and he really has better ice cream than anyone I know.

 

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

 

So, because everybody around here loves the “Spaghetti Eis” so much, somebody came up with the idea of a dessert looking and tasting a bit like the ice cream cup.

A spaghetti ice cream is made by pressing a few scoops of real vanilla ice cream through a potato ricer making it look like a bunch of spaghetti. Then everything is loaded with whipped cream and strawberry sauce (fake tomato sauce) and sprinkled with white chocolate (fake Parmesan). I really cannot describe to you, how delicious that is!

This dessert combines mascarpone, quark and whipped heavy cream with vanilla seeds and it is topped with pureed strawberries and white chocolate.

It is one of those desserts that, like the many grill salads from the German Salads Series, has become so popular over the years in our region, that you can actually eat it at every gathering or party around here. Everybody makes it, everybody eats it, everybody loves it!

HOW TO MAKE MASCARPONE DESSERT WITH STRAWBERRIES?

  • Whip together the mascarpone, quark, icing sugar and the seeds of the vanilla bean. Don’t throw away the empty vanilla bean, stick it in a jar full of sugar to get vanilla sugar, for instance.
  • Whip the heavy cream until stiff and fold it into the mascarpone mixture. Add lemon juice to taste.
  • Puree the strawberries with icing sugar to taste. Grate the white chocolate.
  • Place the mascarpone-cream mixture into one large dessert bowl or into 8 individual dessert cups. Pour the strawberry sauce over this mixture, poking a few times with a knife to allow the sauce to sink in the mascarpone mixture here and there.
  • Sprinkle with the grated chocolate and place in the fridge for at least two hours or until ready to serve.

How to replace quark?

I used low-fat quark, which is very common in Germany, if you cannot find it, you could replace it with cream cheese or creamy yogurt or a mixture of the two.

Can I use other berries?

The original is made with strawberries. You can use frozen and defrosted strawberries when fresh ones are unavailable.

But other berries or a mixture of berries would be delicious as well. Different, but still great!

 

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

mascarpone dessert with strawberries

Strawberry Mascarpone Dessert

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A luscious mascarpone dessert with strawberries, cream and white chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs mascarpone
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs quark (see note)
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ 7/8 cup icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • juice of ½ lemon (or more to taste)
  • 400 ml/ 13.5 fl.oz/ about 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs strawberries (see note)
  • 2-4 tablespoons icing sugar to taste
  • 75 g/ 2.6 oz/ ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (when grated) white chocolate

Instructions

  1. Whip together the mascarpone, quark, icing sugar and the seeds of the vanilla bean. Don't throw away the empty vanilla bean, stick it in a jar full of sugar to get vanilla sugar, for instance.
  2. Whip the heavy cream until stiff and fold it into the mascarpone mixture. Add lemon juice to taste.
  3. Puree the strawberries with icing sugar to taste. Grate the white chocolate.
  4. Place the mascarpone-cream mixture into one large dessert bowl or into 8 individual dessert cups. Pour the strawberry sauce over this mixture, poking a few times with a knife to allow the sauce to sink in the mascarpone mixture here and there.
  5. Sprinkle with the grated chocolate and place in the fridge for at least two hours or until ready to serve.

Notes

I used low-fat quark, which is very common in Germany, if you cannot find it, you could replace it with cream cheese or creamy yogurt or a mixture of the two.

You can use frozen and defrosted strawberries when fresh ones are unavailable.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


 

 

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Monika

Saturday 21st of December 2019

When I see quark as an ingredient in a recipe, I always replace it with ricotta cheese ... and it''s perfect !

Adina

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

I've never replaced quark with ricotta, but it's great if it works. It has a similar consistency, but quark is more like a mixture of yogurt and cottage cheese in taste, ricotta is very mild.

Juli

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

I've wanted to try spaghetti eis for years. Yours looks delicious.

Adina

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Thank you, Juli. Spaghetti ice is famous in Germany, my husband and daughter adore it. :) I hope you try it!

Elizabeth

Thursday 7th of September 2017

Looks soooo delicious!!! and I look forward to making it. I love anything creamy with strawberries, cannot go wrong with that. Mascarpone is very delicious. I am American English, so I had to convert pounds into cups and teaspoons best I could. I went to the grocery store to get cream cheese and greek yogurt, and came across a new product next to the cream cheese called Greek Cream Cheese & Creek Yogurt >it is a combination of both in a block like how cream cheese is sold. I thought that was perfect for the quark substitution.

Thao @ In Good Flavor

Friday 1st of July 2016

This sounds wonderful! It's so pretty too!! It's going on my must try list!

Kate @ Framed Cooks

Friday 1st of July 2016

Mascarpone and strawberries are the BEST combo - I love this!!

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