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Chocolate Mascarpone Cheese Ball with Dried Cherries

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This rich dessert captivates with its balance of tart dried cherries and 2 chocolates. Callebault is my personal choice of chocolate, however other higher-end chocolates such as Lindt are also quite good. Following is a recipe for intensely chocolatey wafers upon which to spread this remarkable sweet; however, purchased thin chocolate wafers are a quick alternative.

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Makes 8


  • 2 oz (60 g) white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tub (275 g) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) kirsch
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz (25 g) bitter-sweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • Chocolate wafers
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    1. To melt white chocolate, bring an 1 or 2 inches (2.5 or 5 cm) of water in a small saucepan to a boil. Remove from heat; place metal bowl filled with white chocolate over top, but not touching water. Let slowly melt for a few minutes; then stir until smooth.

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    2. Meanwhile, turn mascarpone into a small bowl; stir with rubber spatula until smooth. Stir in kirsch and vanilla; then mix in melted white chocolate. When smooth, fold in cherries thoroughly.

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    3. Shave bittersweet chocolate with a chef’s knife or coarsely chop. Turn half out in a 6-inch (15-cm) circle on a long piece of plastic wrap laid on work surface. Heap cheese mixture into a ball over top. Sprinkle with remaining shaved chocolate.

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    4. Lift plastic wrap to help shape into a ball with your hands. Press so most of the chocolate adheres; form into a slightly flattened circle. Wrap in plastic wrap; set on plate. Reshape as needed. To firm, refrigerate for 2 hours or for up to 5 days.

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    5. A couple of hours ahead of serving, remove cheese ball from refrigerator to come to room temperature. Place on serving plate; scatter with any loose bittersweet chocolate bits so some falls about ball on plate. Serve with chocolate wafers for spreading.

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