True Lemon Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Mascarpone Cheese

True Lemon Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Marscapone Cheese
Description

Rich balsamic, sweet strawberries, creamy mascarpone, and zesty True Lemon come together beautifully in this classic recipe. Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Ingredients

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons, plus 4 additional tablespoons sugar
1 packet True Lemon dissolved in 1/2 tablespoon water
1/2 cup chilled mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1-pint baskets (about 24 ounces) strawberries, hulled and halved

Directions
  1. Combine vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and True Lemon juice in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil until syrup is reduced to about 1/4 cup.
  2. Transfer to small bowl and let cool completely. (Can be made 2 days ahead, if desired Cover and refrigerate while making the rest.)
  3. Combine mascarpone, cream, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Whisk until thick soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.
  4. Combine berries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in large bowl; drizzle with balsamic syrup and toss to blend. Let stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Divide berries and syrup among 6 goblets. Top with mascarpone mixture, or layer it!