Saturday, November 3, 2012

Berry Sweet Treats

Recipe adapted and Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

We attended an outdoor summer wedding a few years ago.  I’ve tried to replicate one of the appetizer/treats which were served along with champagne and finger sandwiches.  The original was an unflavored cracker topped with some sort of jam and then layered with a bit of cream cheese or crème fraiche, a fresh blackberry and a toasted hazelnut.  They were just fabulously simple! Here’s my version.

Water crackers (or any other unflavored cracker)
Berry preserves or jam or jelly
Mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, room temperature
Heavy cream
Toasted slivered almonds
Fresh raspberries

On each cracker, spread a teaspoon of berry preserves.  In a separate bowl, whisk just enough cream to the mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese) so that it can be easily dolloped onto the cracker.  Sprinkle the berry preserves with some toasted almonds.  Dollop about 1 teaspoon of mascarpone cream on top of the berry/almonds.  Place a raspberry on the top and serve.

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