Astoundingly good for minimal effort, this makes an indulgent weekend breakfast or anyday dessert. A judicious smear of mascarpone (half the fat of butter) is part of the luxury, but even lighter low-fat cream cheese will work as well. The real secret is warming the berries just enough to make the flavor bloom and transform their juices into a rosy syrup.

Susan Herr
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2005


Recipe Summary

15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Toast bread in a toaster.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add strawberries and stir until juices begin to exude and the berries are heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.

  • Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone on each piece of toast. Top with the warm berries.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the sauce (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, microwave on High for about 1 minute (defrost first, if necessary).

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 38.5g; dietary fiber 3.9g; sugars 24.6g; fat 4.6g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 8.9mg; vitamin a iu 115.4IU; vitamin c 65.1mg; folate 38.3mcg; calcium 73.3mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 35.3mg; potassium 239.8mg; sodium 132.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 19g.

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Rating: 4 stars
You'll love this! Like me... I really liked this... It's a good way to start your breakfast or as a dessert. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Sounds great and best of all relatively easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This looks very good. I won't toss the strawberries in the skillet though..I'll make the sauce cool down a bit and then add on top of the berries so I'll keep the vitamin C... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is such a simple recipe. Great for breakfast or a snack. I really am glad I found this recipe because it has given me another way to put fruit in my diet. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Think sugar... Those delicious strawberries do finally breakdown into sugar. Think of the syrup as colorful sugar waiting to be tackled by the weary pancreas. Diabetics look at this fine easy dessert as a danger zone and they have to weigh its deliciousness against whatever else is available for breakfast. Have we gone too far when we feel the need for a desert at breakfast? Read More