Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese offers rich dessert ideas featuring Mascarpone to help you celebrate National Dessert Month in October. Chef Scott Stroud’s inspired yet simple recipe for Dessert Nachos combines a dip made with Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone, fresh seasonal fruit, and cinnamon sugar-coated tortilla chips. Another easy—yet luxurious—dessert idea is Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie that requires only three ingredients: Crave Brothers Sweet Cream Mascarpone, Hershey’s® Special Dark Chocolate and an Oreo® Pie Crust.
Chef Strouds’ Dessert Nachos were a winner in the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese 2018 Professional Chefs’ Recipe Contest. He works for College Chefs and is employed at the Delta Gamma sorority at Drake University. The recipe is inspired by the seasons and features fresh fruit such as berries, with a dip that combines Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone with honey, vanilla extract, lemon zest and cinnamon. The dessert includes flour tortillas cut into triangles, then flavored with butter, cinnamon and sugar before baking until they’re crispy. Dessert Nachos are further flavored by a hint of fresh mint added to the fruit, and a touch of chocolate syrup drizzled over the plate.
To make a Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie, melt chocolate and stir it into a bowl containing Crave Brothers Mascarpone. Add the flavoring of your choice, such as Kahlua or Bourbon. Spread the filling into a prepared chocolate cookie crumb pie crust and refrigerate for at least one hour to chill. You can purchase a Crave Brothers Mascarpone Pie Kit ($16 plus shipping) on the website Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Filling won second place honors at the 2017 World Dairy Expo in the Creative and Innovative Products competition category. The Crave Brothers Chocolate Mascarpone Pie Gift Box features 12 ounces of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate, two containers of Crave Brothers Mascarpone (one pound total), one pie crust and a copy of the recipe. It’s an ideal holidays gift choice for chocolate-lovers.
Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone won the First Place Award in its category—Open Class Soft Cheese—at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. This luxurious cheese is made from fresh, sweet cream and has been honored with more than 30 awards since it was introduced, including another recent First Place Award at the 2018 Dodge County Fair Cheese Judging. The rich flavor and velvety texture of Crave Brothers Mascarpone make it an ideal ingredient for simple, luxurious desserts.
Like other Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Mascarpone is made with milk from the family’s own dairy herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheeses are made in their farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power. Their anaerobic biodigester produces enough electricity to power the Crave Brothers Farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community.
Visit the website for more dessert recipes, product information about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story.
The Crave family farms 2,500 acres of productive land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the biodigester to water recovery and recycling, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. The Crave Brothers Farm LLC and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese LLC use 100% green power and are carbon-negative businesses. Their anaerobic biodigester produces more electricity than they need, enough to power the dairy farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community.
Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese produces Fresh Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Part-skim Mozzarella, Oaxaca, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, and Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds in white, yellow and jalapeño varieties.
The delightful crunch of these cinnamon-sugar coated “churro chips” pairs perfectly with the subtle sweetness of the Mascarpone dip and fresh fruit. With just a touch of chocolate and a hint of mint to finish it off, these dessert nachos are so tasty you might not want to share!
- 8 6” flour tortillas
- 2 Tbsp. melted butter
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- (mix & reserve 2 Tbsp. for garnish)
- 1 c. strawberries
- 1 c. blueberries
- 2 Tbsp. mint
- 4 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
Pre-heat oven to 400°. Mix all dip ingredients together in a small bowl and place in the fridge to chill until firm.
Cut tortillas into 8 triangles each; place in large bowl and cover with butter and toss. Top with sugar and cinnamon and toss until evenly coated.
Place batches of single-layered chips on large baking sheet and bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes at a time.
After baked, arrange chips on a platter around the dip. Place fresh fruit and mint all over chips, garnishing by drizzling chocolate syrup across all and dusting with reserved cinnamon and sugar.
Notes from the Chef
From the uniqueness of the chips, to the unexpected sweetness of the Mascarpone dip – this dish might be my favorite dessert of all time. The best part? It’s easy to make and there’s no need to fry with hot oil like regular churros.
Chef Scott Stroud
Des Moines, Iowa