Easy Strawberry Mascarpone Pie

There are a couple recipes for Strawberry Mascarpone desserts that I adapted this recipe from. Here is one and here is another. I got lazy and made mine easier so I thought I’d post the result here while admitting that the idea is not mine!

First off, I did not make my crust. Yes, I went to culinary school. Yes, I know how to make a simple tart or pie crust. But it was hot and humid yesterday and I didn’t want to have to turn on the oven so I bought a pre-made graham cracker crust. It turned out to be absolutely delicious.

One 9oz. pre-made graham cracker pie crust

2 lbs. fresh strawberries

1/2 cup regular sugar

zest of 1 orange

1/2 a small lemon juiced

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

8 oz. mascarpone cheese

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Take the stems off the strawberries and quarter them. Mix well with the regular sugar, orange zest and half the lemon juice. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Whip the whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and remaining lemon juice, with an electric mixer. Once it’s good and whipped, add in the mascarpone cheese and whip again just until it’s well blended.

Open up that store-bought pie crust and spread the mascarpone mixture in it evenly. Now stick it in the refrigerator.

Your 30 minutes should almost be up now. Strain the juice from the strawberries into a saucepan. Put the strained strawberries on top of the pie and put it back into the refrigerator. Add the balsamic vinegar to the strawberry juices and boil it until it becomes a syrup. Take a pastry brush and brush the syrup over the strawberries until they are all glazed. You may not use all the syrup. I used about half. Put that pie back in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

We had to use a spoon and a knife to get ours out to eat it. You’ll definitely want that spoon to scoop up any delicious juices that have accumulated at the bottom. We had lots of juice and I was very surprised that the crust did not get soggy. Maybe it’s because we ate it so fast. I made it last night and here’s what it looked like this morning:

Yep, there are only 2 of us here. And I’m actually thinking about making another one tonight and saving half to take to my Grandma tomorrow morning. So let this be a warning to you. You will eat the whole thing in 2 days flat and you’ll still want more. It’s that good.

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One Response to “Easy Strawberry Mascarpone Pie”

  1. Nina the slackmistress Says:

    YUM.

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