Mascarpone Moose with Roasted Strawberries

Roasted strawberries….who knew? I had never heard of roasting a strawberry before, but wow! Roasting intensifies their flavor, and there are many different recipes for roasting strawberries which I will be trying. Now, mascarpone moose is a whole other dessert in itself! As amazing as it is by itself, imagine sweet roasted strawberries drizzled over the top! Serve this beautiful dessert at your next summer party and have your guest anticipating their next invite. Enjoy!

Roasted Strawberries
2 C. quartered strawberries
2 tsp. sweetener of choice
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Mascarpone Moose
8-oz mascarpone cheese, softened
4-oz cream cheese, softened
6 Tbsp. sweetener of choice, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. whipping cream

To make the roasted strawberries, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a medium-size baking dish. Add berries and sprinkle with sweetener. Add vanilla extract and stir to combine, then spread out over pan. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until soft and tender and much of the juice has released.

For the moose, in a large bowl, beat the mascarpone, cream cheese, 4 tablespoons sweetener, and vanilla extract until well combined. In another bowl, beat the whipping cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sweetener until it holds stiff peaks. Fold whipping cream into mascarpone mixture until combined. Pipe or spoon into 6 small dessert cups. Top with roasted strawberries and serve immediately.

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