We love strawberries!
I try to buy them when they are in season but there are times I just want some in the winter too.
I pay the extra money to get the large strawberries. They make wonderful cups.
I filled these with a combination of fresh strawberries and mascarpone cheese...oh, were they good!
To make them sit better, I cut the bottoms and dipped them in chocolate AND then dipped them in little white candy balls.
The combination of strawberry, filling, chocolate along with the crunch of the white candy was a delight to our mouths. For an added touch I dusted some dark cocoa over the top.
This is a super easy dessert. I would suggest that these be made the morning of your event or family function. The strawberries are juicy and with each passing day they get a bit wilted and the chocolate on the bottom can get sticky--still delicious mind you--just not picture perfect.
Recipe: Strawberry Cups filled with Mascarpone Cheese
12 large strawberries
1/2 cup of melted chocolate
2 tablespoons of white candy balls (Michaels or any place that sells cake supplies will carry them.)
1/3 cup of soft mascarpone cheese
6-8 fresh raspberries (use jam if you have that instead)
cocoa (optional) for dusting
Wash and dry the strawberries. With a sharp knife, cut the bottoms and the tops off.
The strawberries should be hollow inside. If you need to trim a bit out of the strawberry just use a sharp knife and carefully remove the pulp to create a cup.
Dip the bottom of each strawberry in the melted chocolate and then the white candy. Let set on a lined cookie tray.
In a small bowl add the raspberries and mash them. Add the mascarpone cheese and blend well.
I used a baggie and piped the filling into each strawberry.
Dust with chocolate if you desire to do so.
Refrigerate the strawberry cups until ready to serve.
Written by Sherron Watson