Italian Budino with Berries, Mascarpone, and Marsala
One of the things that I love about cooking is trying new recipes and challenging myself. I never know if a new recipe will turn out to be worthy of serving to those that I love or whether or not it will be a complete disaster. So here I go, preparing an Italian dessert that my family did not serve, simply because they had never heard of it: Berries, Mascarpone and Marsala Budini.
Bellini, Spaghettini, Tortellini, Scallopini, Budini, etc. . . . all of those Italian recipes with ” -ini “ names! No matter though, these budini are simply irresistible!
So what in the world is a Budino / Budini?
Come on now, wouldn’t this be a great trivia question? And if you were the only one who knew the answer, wouldn’t that just blow everyone away?
A budino (budini is plural), is the Italian name for a rich, sweet and creamy Italian ‘custard’ or ‘pudding’ dessert. Budini can be prepared with various flavors: from berries and fruit . . . to chocolate and caramel.
My husband said (while licking his glass clean), “This is like a parfait, only better!” Although some purists may find that as an insult . . . I’d say that ‘it is’ and ‘it isn’t’. My husband’s words are simply helpful to anyone unfamiliar with Italian budini in gaining a better understanding of these creamy delights.
So do you really want to learn more about an Italian budino and expand your culinary skills? No need to take my humble word on this! Here are two articles from the respected food authors of the Los Angeles Times and Epicurious to explain Italian budino (budini): “Budino Takes Pudding On An Adventure” and/or “Budino: A Bit Of A Mystery, But A Light And Tasty Dessert“.
And now you know!
Italian Berries, Mascarpone and Marsala Budini
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- 8 oz. container Italian Mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup sweet Italian Marsala wine
- 2 cups crushed Italian Amaretti cookies
- Assortment of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries
- With a hand-held mixer, whip mascarpone on high speed for five minutes until soft peaks form.
- Blend in the whipping cream.
- Add powdered sugar and Marsala wine and blend for one more minute.
- Crush the Amaretti cookies with a rolling pin.
- In wine glasses, alternate layers of crushed cookies, mascarpone mixture, fresh berries, more mascarpone mixture, more crushed cookies.
- Garnish with fresh berries.
- Serve chilled.
Now this is my kind of dessert! I LOVE all creamy desserts and budini are among my favourites! I will need to try this berry version, it looks amazing!
Grazie, Manu! Like you, I love creamy budini too!
This again proves fancy desserts don’t have to complicated and time consuming. Well done, Roz.
Well said, Angie!
You piqued my curiosity when I saw the name of this dish—but I knew it would be fabulous since it was coming from your kitchen. Again, our Bill’s love the same stuff—mine would be as thrilled as yours with this luscious dessert!
Our two Bill’s are like two peas in a pod when it comes to their food preferences!
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What a lovely simple dessert and your photos are so pretty too!
Thank you so much Caroline! I wish you a lovely day!
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I just fell in love with this one!
Grazie mille, Claudia! How are you doing these days?
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Looks elegant and soooooo delicious!!!
Have a wonderful day my friend. xo Catherine
Thank you sweet friend!
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What a delicious dessert Roz ! Have a nice week, un abbraccio !
Grazie mille, cara Chiara!
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Looks and sound marvelous!
Thank you so much, Amy!
Definitely pinning this one…looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re very welcome Maria; I’m glad you like it!
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Absolutely gorgeous photos! This sounds amazing!
Thank you Tara! I’m glad you like it!
Anything with marsala is a winner in my book!
I agree, Kristen! Marsala is so special!
This dish has it all – beauty, ease of preparation and deliciousness!
Grazie cara Linda! I appreciate your thoughts!
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Gorgeous, gorgeous dessert! It’s got everything – a great mix of flavors and textures. Love it! I would definitely have miss the trivia question “What a Budino? 🙂
I think a lot of people would miss that trivia question MJ! It’s not very well known for some reason as parfaits are, but just as delicious!
It looks delicious and the Bill would love it!!! Budino is new to me and now I’ve learned something new today! Thanks for the recipe.
You’re welcome Pam! Nice to hear from you!
What a beautiful dessert! Simple and delicious like all good Italian food. This is my first time participating in Sunday Supper and I’m loving all the fantastic recipes!!
Welcome to Sunday Supper Meaghan and thanks for stopping by!
Roz, who doesn’t love a delicious Budini? Your Italian berries and mascarpone and marsala – all in one dessert ? Has to be amazing!
Hope you had a great Easter!
xoxo anna and liz
I’m sure that you two make a great budino too! Such an easy and delicious dessert!
Thank you for the budini lesson! I’ll have to prepare it for myself!
Thanks D.B.! Let me know what you think!
How elegant! This is my kind of dessert…
Thank you Monica, I like easy, yet elegant too!
So simply and so delicious!
Grazie ZaZa; I always appreciate your visits!
This dessert looks gorgeous. Not only with flavors and textures, but the presentation, too. Beautiful!
Thank you so much Christie! I appreciate your kind compliments!
Hi, instead of powdered sugar can I use a fresh vanilla pod ? Thanks !
I do not recommend that substitution for powdered sugar.