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A tub of mascarpone turns into a sophisticated spread when topped with a simple mixture of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, blackberries and basil. Serve with crackers and guests will be left wondering how you put together this amazing combination.
Bring vinegar and brown sugar to a boil in a nonreactive small saucepan over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Pour into a medium bowl. Let cool. Gently stir in blackberries, basil, pepper and salt.
Fill a bowl with hot water. Dip bottom of the mascarpone container in water for about 5 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, unmold mascarpone onto a serving platter. Spoon blackberry mixture over mascarpone, being sure to scrape all juices out of the bowl, and letting berries fall randomly. Serve with crackers.
⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon. light brown sugar
1 punnet Driscoll's blackberries
2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
large pinch of fleur de sel or other flaky salt
1 container mascarpone cheese
crackers, for serving