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Red Wine Cherries With Ice Cream Or Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Mousse

Rainier Cherries

We are currently at the part of the year I love the most. When Fall is just tiptoeing at the front door and Summer decided to linger on. Cooler mornings, crisp evening and yet bright sunshine and balmy temperatures during the day. The market displays the de rigueur squash and pumpkin while the last of the tomatoes, peaches and cherries are still going strong. I am afraid I am on the last batch of cherries I had pitted and frozen this summer, devising one last treat before apples, pears and pomegranate come around full force.

Red Wine Cherries & Ice Cream

I cooked the first braised dish of the season tonight and really it was because Bill was pushing me a tad. He is less and less traveling back and forth to Charleston and we are well adjusting to being a unit again. Next week will mark one year I have moved to Birmingham. Seems like it was yesterday. Seems like I have been here longer too. Seems like I was in Charleston just days ago. Seems like it was an eternity ago. I am here and there.

Red Wine Cherries & Goat Cheese Mousse

Everyday I learn more about myself and people. About what it means to photograph for a huge publishing house, with great talents and great projects. With big dreams too.
There are issues, there is a little drama here and there but overall there is this intense desire to create beautiful imagery. At the end of a really hard day, I still wake the next morning and say "Man! I love my job". I am looking forward to what the next year will bring at work. And home now that Bill will be here more often.

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Adjusting to each other is the easy part for us. We really dig each other…that helps! We have our quiet times. Our about town times. All punctuated by little indulgences here and there. Like Wine Soaked Cherries With Vanilla Ice Cream or Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Mousse. The cherries are divine on their own but flatter the most simple vanilla ice cream with gusto. They play a quieter part with soft and unctuous goat cheese and mascarpone mousse.

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Red Wine Cherries With Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Mousse:

Note: feel free to use any type of cherries you have available. I am not listing the recipe for the version with ice cream, simply pair the red wine cherries with your favorite flavor. Vanilla, coconut, buttermilk, lemon…anything goes!

Serves 6 to 8

1 cup red wine (use pomegranate or cherry juice for an alcohol free version)

1 cup sugar, divided

3 cups pitted cherries

3 oz plain goat cheese, softened

3 oz mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Prepare the cherries: (6 hours up to the day before)

Place the cherries in a large non reactive bowl and reserve.

In a medium saucepan, heat the red wine and 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat, until the wine is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Pour the wine over the cherries. Let cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

Prepare the mousse:

In a large bowl, whip until smooth the softened goat cheese and mascarpone cheese. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk the heavy whipping cream with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar until medium soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture.

Divide evenly among ramekins or bowls, along with the red wine cherries.

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Unknown September 30, 2013 um 11:59 pm

God.. Love the amazing colours all combines and your tabledish are supreme so amazing.. also love th earty flavours from the wine.. this looks amazing to me.

Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 1, 2013 um 12:03 am

Gorgeous as always. So inspiring!

Emma Galloway October 1, 2013 um 12:25 am

I hear ya on feeling here and there! We moved nearly 3 years ago from NZ to Australia and I still feel like it was yesterday that we were home, but not at the same time?! Time is a funny thing.
Love the look and sound of these cherries, we're nearly coming into cherry season here! Yay xx

Unknown October 1, 2013 um 12:38 am

Enjoy the transition.

Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate October 1, 2013 um 1:32 am

That goat cheese mascarpone mousse looks divine. And the color contrast between it and the cherries is stunning!

Kiran @ October 1, 2013 um 2:08 am

Looks so delicious!! Love wine cherries!

Anonymous October 1, 2013 um 7:36 am

God… I've been following you on Bloglovin' for a while now but honestly never really took my time to read through one of your posts (sorry).
I get so much inspiration from your writting and your beautiful images… I'm starting out as a food photographer and honestly think I could do it for the rest of my life. I love it so much.

Thank you and see you along the way, I'll be reading you more!


Petiscos e Miminhos October 1, 2013 um 10:53 am

your pictures are pure perfection and the recipe is going to the top of my list!

Anonymous October 1, 2013 um 11:06 am

I love this time too! Fall and a bit of summer is just fine!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures October 1, 2013 um 12:40 pm

Your photography really is something special! This dish looks AMAZING!!!! I'm a fan of anything with goat cheese! 🙂

Vanessa October 1, 2013 um 1:00 pm

You said that your desire is to create beautiful imagery and you do that so well! I've been following your photography and work for sometime now and every image makes me feel a bit nostalgic. I love your styling, your composition, your use of props and lighting…Your photographs tell a beautiful story.

Au Petit Goût October 1, 2013 um 1:33 pm

Simple and delicious, Helen! Love it!

Rocky Mountain Woman October 1, 2013 um 3:03 pm

oh my, this looks just perfect. love the wine cherries – yikes! October 1, 2013 um 3:09 pm

What a beautiful dish and story. Tempting and homey at the same time. Your photos are just stunning.
Your recipe reminds me how much I enjoy a wine soaked cherry reduction and haven't made them in years. I just love your styling and your writing about the transition from summer to fall.

steph- whisk/spoon October 1, 2013 um 5:02 pm

that looks so tasty–i wish i could still find fresh cherries here! in the winter i often make red wine poached prunes to go with lightened mascarpone. glad you are enjoying your new(ish) digs!

Liria October 1, 2013 um 5:02 pm

I also love your job!

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet October 1, 2013 um 5:37 pm

Mmmm. I love the cherries and goat cheese combo. Unfortunately, cherries have been done here for a month or so 🙁 I will have to jump on this next year!

Colette (Coco) October 1, 2013 um 10:39 pm

So elegant and decadent.
The perfect way to end the summer.

Medeja- CranberryJam October 2, 2013 um 6:22 am

Just a quick question- what kind of goat cheese were you using? is it spreadable one? Thanks.

Helene October 2, 2013 um 12:44 pm

Mejeda: Any goat cheese will do (plain) as long as it is brought to room temperature to be really soft.

M. O'Day October 4, 2013 um 1:50 am

Absolutely beautiful! And where did you get that bowl? I have to have one or more. 🙂

Helene October 4, 2013 um 1:39 pm

M O'Day: the bowl is Astier De Villatte.

Dina October 6, 2013 um 4:48 pm

this sounds so delish!

Unknown October 7, 2013 um 2:05 pm

goat's cheese and mascarpone mousse sounds like one of those things that I could quite happily eat every single day for the rest of my life! Will definitely be trying it out on my Italian friends! Thank you!

Raffaella October 8, 2013 um 3:27 pm

Yummmmmmmm these photos are so pretty and fresh and.. delicious!

felicia | Dish by Dish October 9, 2013 um 8:50 pm

Hi Helene! This is the first time commenting on your blog, although your pictures have always taken my breath away. It's such therapy to soak in the beauty of your images and I've finally bought you Plate to Pixel book – waiting for it to arrive and am so excited to take my photography up to the next level.

Glad that Bill will be spending more time in Birmingham. It's nice spending time in the comfort and company of your partner's presence; even nicer when both of you enjoy each other so.

sending love from Buenos Aires,

online schilderijen kopen October 10, 2013 um 8:36 am

amazing color!! nice dessert!!!

AdriBarr October 11, 2013 um 3:00 am

This sounds absolutely delicious, and your photographs, are simply divine. Best wishes for a fulfilling year!

A Toast to the Good Life October 20, 2013 um 7:30 pm

YUM YUM YUM. Your photos are beautiful and incredibly intriguing! Love the inspiration and idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Liren October 21, 2013 um 12:29 am

How wonderful that Bill will be spending more time in Birmingham, and with you! That will make the day to day even more meaningful; I'm so glad you're happy!

Gorgeous dessert – goat cheese and mascarpone together is one of my favorite combinations, and must be divine with the boozy cherries.

Life Images by Jill October 30, 2013 um 2:53 pm

Can't wait for cherry season so I can try this!

Violet November 10, 2013 um 12:36 am

Your photography is amazing, I am drooling over your pictures!

Tuscan Olive Grove Girl November 12, 2013 um 8:54 am

These look delicious. What a gorgeous blog you have! January 22, 2014 um 10:40 pm

Goat Cheese Mascarpone! Goat cheese with anything, but oh my those cherries send me. Thank you.

FOOD GEEK GRAZE May 8, 2015 um 3:10 pm

drool overdrive

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