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Dessert Twist on Tradition

Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cake with BelGioioso Mascarpone

This year, BelGioioso wanted to share some favorite traditional Italian dishes made with their award-winning artisan cheeses with the readers of culture. But they wanted to do more than that. They’ve invited bloggers to create new recipes that are a twist on the traditional five-course Italian meal. For each course, BelGioioso has provided a traditional recipe and a blogger has created a “Twist on Tradition” recipe, also using BelGioioso cheese. Today we’re happy to share Truc Luu of Treats SF’s dessert recipe. Keep reading for a chance to win a box of seven delicious BelGioioso cheeses!

Dessert. The encore of any good dinner. As children we’re taught that we have to eat all our vegetables before we can have dessert, and Italian meals double down on that by serving the salad course just before the sweets. Many Italian desserts are less sweet than traditional American cakes and pies. Fruits, liqueurs, coffee, and rich and creamy mascarpone cheese are often key players. Here are two classic Italian dessert recipes from BelGioioso and one twist on tradition dessert recipe from Truc Luu of Treats SF.


Sautéed Pears with BelGioioso Mascarpone

Pears develop a meltingly smooth texture when slowly sautéed in butter. The creamy mascarpone cheese matches the texture of the pears while the cognac-brown sugar glaze enhances the rich sweetness of Sautéed Pears with BelGioioso Mascarpone.

Tiramisu with BelGioioso Mascarpone

The combination of crispy bacon and creamy blue cheese is a classic. Tiramisu with BelGioioso Mascarpone is a traditional Italian dessert, which balances the rich sweetness of mascarpone with the slightly bitter depth of cocoa and espresso.

Twist on Tradition

Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cake with BelGioioso Mascarpone

If you’re looking for a respite from traditional and often heavy holiday desserts, try this light, refreshing, and easy-to-assemble Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cake with BelGioioso Mascarpone.

Win a Box of BelGioioso Cheese!

What is the most delicious final course you’ve ever had at a dinner? Not all meals end with dessert and not all desserts are equal. From cake to candy to a simple cup of cappuccino, tell us your answer in the comments section below by Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST and you’ll have a chance to win a fantastic giveaway of seven delicious BelGioioso cheeses and a year’s subscription to culture. You must be located in the continental US to win. Good luck!

BelGioioso Cheese

BelGioioso Cheese is a family-owned and operated company specializing in artisan Italian cheesemaking. Using fresh Wisconsin milk, Master Cheesemakers hand-craft a full line of exceptional cheeses guided by a commitment to quality and a respect for tradition. At BelGioioso, every cheese is a specialty. Their award-winning cheeses include American Grana, Mascarpone, and CreamyGorg among many others.

Truc Luu

My name is a Truc Luu and I write a San Francisco-based baking blog called Treats. My day job is in corporate finance, but baking has been a complete obsession of mine since I was a kid and is the ultimate creative outlet. I started my blog in 2009 as a way to chronicle my adventures in baking for family and friends. I hope I’ve succeeded in inspiring them and you to bake!

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3 thoughts on “Dessert Twist on Tradition”

  1. Avatar Maggie C. says:

    Rum soaked berries atop a sponge cake topped with mascarpone whipped cream.

  2. Avatar Karen Hochgesang says:

    I made caramelized poached pears stuffed with mascarapone served alongside homemade cinnamon ice cream with a crystallized star cookie for New Years Eve one year. It was a definite hit. Everyone had fun cracking into the pear!

  3. Avatar Jessica says:

    Mmmm hard o pick, but not long ago I had a lemony cheesecake with Haystack’s goat cheese.

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