Macerating is similar to marinating—except that the soak-ee is fruit rather than meat or veggies. The process is simple: Fresh or dried fruit is splashed with or left to sit for a few hours in a flavored mixture of liquid such as liquor, vinegar, or syrup and spices.
Here is a quick and easy recipe that uses our newest spice blend – Ice Cream Spices! A combination of cinnamon, anise seed, Szechuan peppercorns and cloves. This blend is delicious in home made ice cream, whipped cream or in crème brûlée!
Spice Macerated Berries with Mascarpone Whipped Cream
6 cups fresh mixed berries
1/4 cup light maple syrup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 orange juice
4 oz mascarpone cheese (sweet, Italian-style cream cheese), at room-temperature
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold
2 TBSP powdered sugar
zest of one lemon
1/2 tsp Cardamom & Cloves Ice Cream Spices
*optional 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Using a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, mash 1 cup berries with sugar, maple syrup and orange juice in a large bowl until sugar begins to dissolve. Gently stir in remaining 5 cups berries; let sit at room temperature, tossing occasionally, until berries are juicy, 1-2 hours.
Before serving, using a hand-mixer or stand-up mixer with the whisk attachment, on medium speed, blend together the mascarpone cheese and 1 TBSP of the powdered sugar and spice mix until light and fluffy. Spoon into a separate bowl and set aside.
Pour the cream and the remaining sugar (and vanilla if you are using) into the original mixing bowl and blend on high-speed just until stiff peaks form, about a minute or two. Turn the mixer off and carefully fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. Add the lemon zest and gently stir to combine.
Divide berries and top with Mascarpone. Enjoy!