Apple with Mascarpone
Any tart, in-season apple may be used in this recipe; try Macoun or Fuji apples.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 6
3 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
⅓ cup mascarpone cheese
⅓ cup nonfat plain yogurt
¼ cup dried currants or golden raisins
¼ cup almonds, slivered
Core and slice the apples, then place them in a large mixing bowl. Mix the lemon juice with enough ice-cold water to cover the apples.
Using an electric mixer, mix together the mascarpone and yogurt. Place the mixture in a pastry bag with a tip, and pipe the mixture onto a serving plate.
Strain the apples and fan them along the edge of the plate. Sprinkle with currants and scatter almonds over the top.
Mascarpone is a rich and creamy Italian cheese made with triple-cream from cow's milk. The consistency of the mild cheese is like a mix of cream cheese and yogurt. It's a popular dessert ingredient, especially for tiramisu and lady fingers. If you cannot find mascarpone at your local grocery store, look for it at cheese, gourmet, or Italian grocers.