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If you glance at the kiosks around this time of year in France, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a food magazine that isn’t offering dessert recipes for “fruits rouge“.  All berries are put on display this time of year, but only one plump beauty really holds center stage:  the strawberry.

And really, not just any strawberry.  One of the fruity claims to fame of the South, along with melons from Cavaillon, is the strawberry from Carpentras.

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Carpentras is located in the department of the Vaucluse, but as with most products in Provence, you’ll find strawberries from Carpentras at local markets all around the region.

And after reading about these famed berries on several Provence blogs, we decided to give one of these French recipes a whirl.  There are many recipes online, but I particularly liked this version as it is très French – no layers of ladyfingers but one placed simply at the bottom and topped with lightly sweetened mascarpone. And if you really want to go all-out French, try a madeleine instead… super bon, just don’t mention it to your italien amis.

Tiramisu aux Fraises

Tiramisu aux Fraises

Ingredients:

6 ladyfingers (or madeleines)

1 pint fresh strawberries

1 1/2 cups of mascarpone

2 eggs

1/2 cup of sugar

6 sprigs of mint

1 pinch of salt

Preparation:

1. Seperate the egg whites and set aside.  Mix the yokes with the mascarpone and 1/4 a cup of sugar.  Beat the egg whites with the salt until they form peaks.  Fold them into the mascarpone and place in the refrigerator.

2. Rinse the mint.  Wash and remove the stems of the strawberries.  Cut six of the strawberries in a fan and mix the rest in a food processor (or blender) with the remaining sugar.

3.  Pour one tablespoon of the strawberry sauce in the bottom of six small serving glasses.  Place one lady finger on top of the sauce and fill to the top with the mascarpone mixture.  Top with one of the “fanned” strawberries and cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

4.  Top with a mint sprig before serving.

 

recipe credit:  Vie Pratique Gourmand, Spring 2011

10 thoughts on “Carpentras’ Strawberries & Tiramisu aux Fraises

  1. The dessert looks delicious and fairly easy to make (which is always a hit with me!). I am always excited for strawberry season. We have a fridge full at all times!
    Ashley

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    1. Anonymous says:

      It’s very easy to do…and a great way to use up all of those strawberries Ashley! Merci for your comment 🙂

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  2. Michel says:

    You are right about the strawberries from Carpentras being in all the markets; makes it easy to indulge my love for strawberries. Carpentras is just 20 minutes from Sablet so we go to the Carpentras (by the way you don’t pronounce the s on Carpentras) market every Friday.

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Lucky you Michel, I’d love to visit the market in Carpentras, bet it’s wonderful!

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  3. Krista says:

    Oh mercy, Tuula, that looks delicious!!! I’d love to sink my spoon into this. 🙂

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Thanks Krista, it’s a very easy dessert to make 🙂

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  4. Marianne says:

    Tried this recipe yesterday Tuula – it was a great hit with all! So delicious and light. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Great to hear Marianne! Actually I made it again over the weekend too – so easy to do and my in-laws really enjoyed it… guess that means it’s a keeper, lol 🙂

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  5. Jen Laceda says:

    Very nice! You just took me to a short trip down to Provence – a la Peter Mayle! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Anonymous says:

      Thanks for your sweet comment Jen! Loving all of your recipe posts as well… you sure do have a very creative eye! Hope you enjoy this one 🙂

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