This mascarpone cheese mixed with honey makes a luscious topping for poached cherries. You can serve the dessert either warm or cold. Use the same mascarpone cheese and honey combination with any seasonal fruits like peaches, pears, apples, raspberries, blueberries and more!
- 2 1/4 cups red wine (you can substitute red wine for non-alcoholic red wine)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 – 1″ x 3″ strip of orange zest (outer orange portion of the peeling)
- 2 pounds of sweet cherries, halved and pitted
- 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
- 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
In a medium stainless-steel saucepan, combine the wine, sugar and orange zest. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Add the cherries and return to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until the cherries are just tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl so the cherries don’t overcook.
In a small bowl, combine the mascarpone with the honey. Remove the strip of orange zest from the cherries. Serve warm cherries and syrup in bowls or stemmed glasses. Top with a large dollop of the mascarpone cream.
Variation: The warm cherries and poaching liquid are great alone – without the mascarpone cream or you may use whipped cream.