Author Notes: This was a recent entry for a Foodie Fights competition I was in. It was an elegant and delicious dessert! - mtlabor —mtlabor
Food52 Review: These dumplings are delicious and incredibly rich. The strawberry mascarpone filling is simply prepared and has the perfect sweetness. We had a lot of it leftover after filling the dumplings, so if I make this again I would make a smaller amount. I'm not a whiskey drinker, so I was nervous about the flavor of the sabayon. No worries needed -- the spice from the whiskey is fantastic and adds a great dimension to the decadent dipping sauce! The flavors and textures of the dumplings and the sabayon complement each other very well. This is an elegant and creative dumpling dessert! - forester_lady —Brianne Du Clos
Serves 20 dumplings
Strawberry Mascarpone Dumplings
- 12 ounces container mascarpone cheese
- 1 container strawberries, about 15-20 big ones
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 20 wonton wrappers
- vegetable oil, for frying
- powdered sugar (optional)
- In a small food processor, combine the mascarpone, 1 container strawberries, honey, and sugar. Mixture should be somewhere between thick and thin. Place mixture in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up a bit.
- On a flat working surface (like a cutting board), place 1 wonton wrapper flat on board.
- Spoon about a teaspoon worth of filling in the center.
- Dab the edges with warm water and fold up to seal. You can pinch the edges to get an even better seal also.
- Using a deep fryer would be ideal for this, but considering I don't own one, we'll just have to keep it old school. Fill a deep pan about 2 inches high of vegetable oil. Heat under medium high to high heat. You'll know it's ready when you can throw a little piece of wonton wrapper in and see it bubble and fry nicely.
- Fry about 3-5 wontons at a time, about 30 seconds to 1 minute, flipping once in between. They should be nice and golden brown. Let dry on paper towels and top with powdered sugar.
Strawberry Whiskey Sabayon
- about 7 strawberries, chopped
- 8 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and orange juice. With an immersion blender, puree the strawberries until they're at your desired consistency. I left a little bit of chunks for good texture.
- Mix in the whiskey, vanilla, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- In a metal mixing bowl, add the egg yolks and stir until the yolks just break. Add in whiskey/strawberry mixture and mix well.
- Assemble a double boiler with the metal bowl by sitting it atop a small pot of simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the hot water or your yolks will scramble. Whisk constantly for about 10-15 minutes, or until mixture is triple in size. I sped up the process by using the whisk attachment on my immersion blender and it whipped up pretty nicely. Serve with dumplings.