Grilled Stone Fruit + Almond Mascarpone Dip

Grilled stone fruit with almond mascarpone topping @dessertfortwo

I know this is hard to believe, but I don’t always cook for two. Even harder to believe: I have friends! Real life friends. (of the non-internet variety!!). And since my real-life friends have to hear about my internet friends and pretend it’s not weird, I cook for them. Quite frequently, actually. I made this stunning tray of grilled stone fruit with almond mascarpone dipping sauce and candied almonds last weekend.  Even though it doesn’t serve two, it was insisted that I share it here.

I’m not sure why some of my friends say they’re too nervous to cook for me since I cook for a living. Truth be told, if anybody makes ANYTHING for me, I love it. I love it because: I didn’t have to cook it and I don’t have to clean up afterwards. Make me a bowl of microwave macaroni and cheese, and seriously, I think it’s the sweetest most delicious thing ever. That’s the thing about food people: we understand the energy and thought behind feeding someone. No one appreciates your efforts in the kitchen more than us. We want to be cooked for. If you have a friend that loves cooking, please, do not avoid having him or her over for supper because you’re worried they will spend the car ride home laughing at your store-bought marinades and your prepubescent cooking skills. We won’t. I always spend the car ride home thinking about how wonderful the evening was with a big smile on my face. I like to be fed.

Grilled peaches and plums with almond mascarpone sauce @dessertfortwo

Along the same line, please don’t expect everything you eat at my house to be chock full of hard-to-find fancy ingredients. Not everything I make is laborious and exotic. In fact, hardly anything is. I keep a slightly more well-stocked fridge and pantry than the average non-cook, but that doesn’t mean it’s anything fancy and unattainable. For example, you might stock cream cheese in your fridge. I hoard mascarpone instead. It’s like cream cheese that’s already been sweetened and smoothed out. It just makes it easier for me to whip up a quick dipping sauce. I’m all about easy and quick. Effortlessly impressive is my melody in life.

So, if you come to my house expecting a 4-layer chocolate cake stuffed with 3 different kinds of mousse and topped with home-spun sugar, you will be disappointed. Well, if you catch me on a weird day when I get the gumption to make something so ridiculous, yes, I’ll have that cake in my house. But, most often, I’ll slice open half a dozen local peaches, plums, and apricots, and stir together mascarpone, almond extract and honey and serve.  If I have an extra 5 minutes, I will candy some sliced almonds in sugar in a skillet. You might think it’s gourmet, but it’s so not.  You’ll definitely think it’s scrumptious.

Grilled stone fruit with mascarpone and candied almonds @dessertfortwo

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Grilled Stone Fruit + Almond Mascarpone Dip
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • assorted stone fruit: peaches, plums, apricots, and pluots
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the mascarpone, almond extract and 2 tablespoons of the honey. Scoop into a serving bowl.
  2. In a small skillet, add the sliced almonds and granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes and the almonds clump together. Scrape the sticky mixture onto a non-stick sheet of parchment paper and let cool. Break into pieces when cool.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the stone fruits in half, and pre-heat a grill or grill pan to high. Place the fruit cut-side down in a non-stick grill pan. If you're using a regular grill, place a sheet of non-stick foil on the surface of the grates before grilling the fruit.
  4. Grill on each side until nice grill marks appear, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Move the fruit to a serving platter, place the dip on the plate, sprinkle with almonds and extra honey.

 


Comments

  1. says

    Happy Monday Christina!

    You look so cute holding your tray of grilled stone fruit (why can’t I look cute holding a tray of anything!!)

    I love your almond mascaspone dip, honestly, I only tried mascaspone for the first time this summer. I guess I didn’t need the calories, oh well.

    I find the best meal ever is the one I don’t have to cook! Our neighbors love coming over for our kabobs and we just chill and grill although their all laughing at our blog and my internet friends, they think it’s so funny we’re bloggers. Welllllll, good thing we laugh at ourselves too about it!!

  2. says

    Haha.. I had this conversation in my head the other day! I love when friends cook for me too and never want them to feel insecure about their meal/cooking style. Always love it! Oh, and you had me at mascarpone… every time I hear that word I try to say it like Giada.

  3. says

    I can totally relate to everything you said here! None of my friends want to cook for me because they’re too scared that I’ll judge them. I always tell people exactly what you said – since I cook so much, I’m just happy to be invited to someone else’s house! Heck, they can just have McDonald’s and I’d be a happy camper!

  4. says

    Oh good grief. Is it weird that I’d take these peaches over that ridiculous cake any day of the week? I wish we lived closer so we could cook for each other. Especially on days when one of us is just ‘over it’. Though I’m warning you now, that happens a lot more here than I bet it does there. I’m completely with you on this though, lady – I love it when people cook for me. And get inspired by it too!

  5. says

    LOL!!! Yes, everyone makes it so weird when I talk about my internet friends. What’s wrong with them?!? ;-)

    Looooooove your photos! Beautiful recipe, as always! xo

  6. Molly @Doughvelopment says

    People always say they are intimidated to bake for me! I feel bad because they shouldn’t be! I totally appreciate just like you!
    This looks fabulously summerish!
    Beautiful photos!

  7. SHanna @ Pineapple and Coconut says

    I love when others cook for me, except when it means I have to wash dishes. I hate dishes. ha ha ha

  8. says

    What a beautiful dessert to share! And I so agree – we are far less judgmental then people think. I think its partly too because we have all had our own flops in the kitchen and understand the effort it takes to make food for others!

  9. says

    Ugh- I HATE when people make comments about not wanting to cook for me. It makes me so uncomfortable! I mean, I cook for people because I want to make them feel happy and special, not to make them feel inadequate. I’m totally with you on this- I’ve never, EVER eaten someone else’s food and been anything less than grateful. Which is just what I’d be if I had a plate of this gorgeous grilled fruit in front of me! Love!

  10. says

    Totally agree with you on this one!!!!! It feels greaaaat to be fed every once in a while {or more}! This looks like the perfect dessert after a lovely meal! How amazing is this, fresh fruits grilled to perfection and dolloped with sweetened mascaporne!!!! Oh , Oh and those candied almonds!!!!! <3 I am sooooo making this for my friends next time! :D

  11. says

    Love this, Christina! Fantastic recipe and honest thoughts. My favorite ‘cook-for-me’ gatherings are with a friend who simply prepares a cheese tray and gets out the wine glasses. Doesn’t take much to thrill me! (But I so hear ya on dishes…)

  12. says

    I love grilled fruit. I didn’t discover that until about 5 or 6 yrs ago. The extra touch with the dip is a fabulous idea.
    Not only does it taste good, but that little touch moves it to the ‘special’ category.

  13. Danielle says

    My girlfriends and I are always looking for new food blogs. I just discovered yours. I’m a big fan of the blogs “Cooking With Mr. C.” and “Smitten Kitchen”. I will now add you to my list. Thanks. Danielle

  14. Andrea says

    Oh my goodness YES!!! I bake for a living, and anytime someone else does the cooking and dishes, no matter what it is (which is rare), it feels like the sweetest gift on earth.

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