Fresh Plums with Honeyed Mascarpone and Cherry Balsamic Reduction

By • August 5, 2010 • 6 Comments


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Author Notes: After improvising on Thirschfeld's Burrata recipe by using plums and cherries instead of berries, I couldn't get enough of the combination of sweet cherries, tart plums, acidic vinegar, and fragrant honey. I wanted to take this recipe in a different direction, away from the cheese course, and straight into dessert with a cool, whipped honey mascarpone and a warm, sweet, and tart cherry balsamic reduction. - Loves Food Loves to Eat Loves Food Loves to Eat

Food52 Review: This is a terrific fruit and cheese combo. Loves Food Loves to Eat balances the sweet and tart elements in the plums, cherries and balsamic and pairs them with a creamy, rich honey mascarpone. Don't skip the final sprinkle of salt -- the salty touch is a welcome little addition. - StephanieA&M

Serves 2-4

  • 1.5 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cups pitted and halved dark cherries
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3-4 plums, thinly sliced
  • flakey sea salt
  1. Boil balsamic vinegar, cherries, and sugar over medium high heat until reduced and thickened- about 18-20 minutes.
  2. Whip mascarpone and honey together until combined and creamy.
  3. Arrange plums on plate, top with mascarpone, drizzle with cherry balsamic reduction, and sprinkle with sea salt.

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love honey mascarpone! Your pairing of it with the plums and dark cherries sounds just perfect! I saved this to try very soon!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Oh! I should add that I have some "Cherry Balsamic Vinegar" and it would be perfect here for the reduction. It's one of my new favorite ingredients.

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over 3 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Wow! you should definitely use the cherry balsamic you have! I want some!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I got it in a little shop in the Napa area. It's Olivier's Sour Cherry Balsamic Vinegar. You can order it off their website: www.oliviernapavalley.com. They have about 8 or more balsamic vinegars. The pomegranate one is killer too! I'm totally a specialty food junkie!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I like your pairing of the plums with the sweet mascarpone.

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over 3 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Thanks! The tart bite of the juicy fresh plums with the nutty sweet mascarpone works so well! The BF even liked the combo (and he's not a fan of dessert.. or combos like fruit and cheese, fruit and vinegar).