Limoncello Mascarpone Verrines

Most of us have heard of a parfait, but take that same idea and artfully layer ingredients in a small glass with either savory or sweet and you have a French creation called a Verrine (pronounced vair-EEN) from the French word for glass (verre). Tres chic, this one is served in a tall shot-glass!

 
I love to serve appetizers and desserts with this persentation to create a real WOW effect! My husband and I ate all 6 of these yummy desserts all by ourselves, 3 nights in a row! They are so good! Makes about 6-8 Verrines depending on the size of your glass.
 
Ingredients:
 
1 cup prepared lemon curd (recipe below or Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd)
4 tablespoons Pallini Limoncello (add to pre-made lemon curd or follow recipe below)
 
Whipped Topping:
 
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon Pallini Limoncello
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
 
Garnish Options:
 
6-8 fresh raspberriesRaspberry Limoncello
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish     
Dark chocolate, shaved
Graham cracker, crushed
 

Directions:

1. Rinse and drain raspberries, gently pat dry and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon curd and the Limoncello liqueur, whisking briskly until combined.

3. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Beat in the lemon zest and Limoncello. Whip in the mascarpone until combined.

4. In 6-8 large shot-glasses, evenly and attractively layer the lemon curd mixture over the graham cracker layer and then top with the mascarpone mousse (use a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip for lemon curd and a large star tip for whipped topping).

5. Top with a fresh berry, and garnish with a mint leaf or a dusting of crumbled crushed graham crackers or shaved dark or bittersweet chocolate.

6. Chill until serving time. 

Graham Cracker Layer
Ingredients:
 
4 whole graham crackers
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs melted butter
 
Directions:
 
Roll graham crackers finely and place in a bowl. Add sugar and melted butter. Mix all ingredients until combined. Place 2 Tbs of graham mixture at the bottom of a tall shot glass or ramekin and chill until ready to layer in lemon curd.
 
Lemon Curd Ingredients:
 
1/2  cup white sugar
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
Zest of 3 lemons
4 oz lemon juice
4 tablespoons Pallini Limoncello
4oz butter
 
Directions:
 
In a medium bowl over a double boiler, whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a gentle boil and thickens.
 
Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Whisk in butter in 4 stages – 1 oz per stage. Strain, stir in Limoncello and chill.
 
Pipe into glass over the graham cracker layer so that lemon curd does not drip down the sides of the glass. Each layer should show as an individual layer in the glass. 
Limoncello Marscapone Verrines
Serves 6
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581 calories
37 g
288 g
46 g
8 g
27 g
166 g
177 g
29 g
1 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
166g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 581
Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g
71%
Saturated Fat 27g
133%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 288mg
96%
Sodium 177mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 29g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
8%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Graham Cracker Layer Ingredients
  1. 4 whole graham crackers
  2. 1 Tbs sugar
  3. 2 Tbs melted butter
Lemon Curd Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup white sugar
  2. 3 whole eggs
  3. 3 egg yolks
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. Zest of 3 lemons
  6. 4 oz lemon juice
  7. 4 tablespoons Pallini Limoncello
  8. 4 oz butter
Whipped Topping
  1. 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  2. 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
  3. 1 tablespoon Pallini Limoncello
  4. 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Garnish Options
  1. 6-8 fresh raspberries
  2. Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  3. Dark chocolate, shaved
  4. Graham cracker, crushed
Instructions
  1. Graham Cracker Layer: Roll graham crackers finely and place in a bowl. Add sugar and melted butter. Mix all ingredients until combined.
  2. Place 2 Tbs of graham mixture at the bottom of a tall shot glass or ramekin and chill until ready to layer in lemon curd.
  3. Lemon Curd Layer: In a medium bowl over a double boiler, whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a gentle boil and thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Whisk in butter in 4 stages – 1 oz per stage. Strain and chill.
  5. Whipped Topping Layer: In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Beat in the lemon zest and Limoncello. Whip in the mascarpone until combined.
  6. Assemble in 6-8 large shot-glasses. Evenly and attractively layer the lemon curd mixture over the graham cracker layer.
  7. Pipe into glass over the graham cracker layer so that lemon curd does not drip down the sides of the glass. Each layer should show as an individual layer in the glass.
  8. Top with the mascarpone mousse (use a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip for lemon curd and a large star tip for whipped topping).
  9. Garnish with a fresh berry, a mint leaf or a dusting of crumbled crushed graham crackers or shaved dark or bittersweet chocolate.
  10. Chill until serving time.
Quick Lemon Filling
  1. 1 cup prepared lemon curd (Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd)
  2. 4 tablespoons Pallini Limoncello - add to pre-made lemon curd
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calories
581
fat
46g
protein
8g
carbs
37g
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