The divas escaped the sticky summer heat with a quickie getaway to chilly upstate New York, where we were beguiled by the charming William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca, N.Y. Innkeepers Lynette and David spent hours in the kitchen dreaming up the most luscious summertime treats starring gorgeous fruits and veggies.
Just to prove that every dessert does not need chocolate, give this simple treat a try. It’s a lusty taste of summertime when the warm plum encounters the sweet, creamy cheese. A divine moment for ladies who brunch.
4 firm, ripe plums, halved with pits removed
Sugar for sprinkling
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
1/3 confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 15 X 12 X 1-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper, then spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle lightly with sugar.
Place plums cut side down and lightly sprinkle the tops with sugar. Bake for 10 minutes; plums should be tender, but not mushy. While plums are baking, stir together mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla in a small bowl.
To serve, place 2 warm plum halves on a plate with a spoonful of the sweetened cheese. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftover cheese.