“A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.”
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

You might have heard of my fascination and loyalty to Pinktober. My life is pretty overpowered with pink through October, including a pink cake for Mr PAB year after year. It’s PINKTOBER after all, the Breast Cancer Awareness month and it always feels nice to rope in some pink and continue to spread the message. It’s also wonderful to see the support and enthusiasm other bloggers share with the awareness, as Prerna says in her beautiful pink post here,  “I know how this six letter word can change the fate of a family“! Our  challenge  at MacTweets this month has gone pink too with PINKAROONS, so if you are inclined to find feet, with a little bit or a lot of pink, come join the happy feet dance here! We’ve already had a few entries, and you HAVE to check out Lora’s inspired post here!

The pink bug’s bitten me for the past few Octobers, and each time I do dessert in the  month, I try and think pink. I was gob smacked by this awesome Charlotte that Jamie made, and set off to make quark for it, a pink variant in mind. By the time I got organised, and the quark was well drained, I saw I had missed reading about the mascarpone etc. Sigh, that beautiful dessert would need to wait a bit as I had no time to make the mascarpone. I was then inspired by these fabulous Cheesecakes in Glasses that the Heavenly Housewife had filled with Greek yogurt in mind blowing combinations. Eventually it was this Effortless Raspberry Quark Mousse from BBC Good Food that led me home! It was rather effortless, and I spent far more time browsing the net and doing the dishes than putting this delightful mousse together.

The mousse was a joy to make {read no real work at all}, and I had the ‘honour’ of having the teen who lives with her head in the clouds stopping by to check what I was making. One lick of the spatula and she was my loyal slave to help out to the end almost the end! She patiently filled the glasses, making sure the sides and rims stayed clean, measured each one out uniformly, and then licked the big bowl clean. Left me to do the washing up, announcing later at night that the dessert was awesome good, and she had made it!

I used the roasted balsamic strawberries that I had frozen this past summer. We had bought many kilos back from our trip to Mahabaleshwar {near Pune}, and this recipe at Zoe Bakes helped me preserve some beautifully. They were absolutely fantastic defrosted {I took them out of the freezer, and left them in the fridge the night before}; I had to fight the kids off from spooning it into their greedy little mouths. That good!! Can hardly wait for the next strawberry season as this is high on my list to do again. A freshly roasted batch went into these sublime little Eggless Caramel Cream Refrigerator Cakes.

The mousse was indulgent in every way. When you hear the spoon desperately scraping the bottom of the glass, you know you have a winner! I have another batch of quark setting as I type this post as I was completely blown away by how good the dessert tasted.  The vanilla bean and the roasted balsamic strawberries made it sing out loud. I have new ideas in my mind – of brandied cherries or maybe preserved peaches {now you know what I did last summer}, and am thinking overtime of what to use. Inspirations from beautiful foodie blogs don’t make life simpler; then again, these are the small joys of a foodies existence!

Quark, a curd cheese, is a type of fresh cheese also known as tvorog, topfen, etc. I urge you to make quark cheese, I really do! It’s easier than you can imagine. I use this recipe I adapted from HogletK ages ago, and thank her in my mind each time I use it. I did toy with the idea of adding gelatin to the mousse, but eventually dumped the idea when I saw the texture of my well-drained home made quark. I just knew it was good enough to ‘hold its own‘, and it did! {For my readers in India, you get cultured buttermilk at Mother Dairy and Amul; the 2 brands I know of, and I use either / or.}

Quark Mousse with Balsamic Strawberries
Inspired by BBC Good Food
400gms quark cheese {Homemade recipe here}
200ml low fat cream {25% fat/Amul}
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 cup roasted balsamic strawberries {recipe follows} or frozen strawberries,raspberries etc {Reserve 1/8 cup for topping}
I drained my quark for 2 days in the fridge
Beat the quark cheese with powdered sugar and scraped vanilla bean until smooth.
Whip the cream to soft peaks, and fold into the whipped quark cheese. Reserve 1/3 of this in another bowl.
Add 2/3rd of the balsamic strawberries to this, and mix through. Spoon equally into 6 serving glasses/dessert bowls. {You can also make one large portion, but I like doing individual servings}
Add the remaining 1/3rd strawberries to the reserved 1/3rd whipped quark, and top the glasses. Finish each serving off with 1 tsp of balsamic strawberries.
Chill for 4 hours or overnight.
Roasted Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar
Adapted from Zoe Bakes
450-500gms strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup vanilla sugar
1/8 cup aged balsamic vinegar
Place the strawberries in a glass baking dish.
Sprinkle over the vanilla sugar, followed by the aged balsamic vinegar. Mix gently.
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
Drain strawberries. Put the liquid into a sauce pan, and reduce to a thick concentrate. It will thicken a bit as it cools. Chill before use.
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  • Natasha
    6 years ago

    Hi Deeba! A winner again from you!!And now I’ll have to go around looking for some sort of berries to do this NOW ‘coz I ain’t waiting till the strawberry season!!I did spot some obnoxiously priced blueberries, but this dessert does seem worth it! And guess who is going to freeze atleast a gazillion berries this season!:))

  • 6 years ago

    Again so pretty in pink, and you’re so lucky that you have your teen to slave for you, gosh… the magic of your dessert 😉

  • Beautiful, gorgeous pink photos!

  • 6 years ago

    Wow thats awesome quark with balsamic strawbies…. mmmm i am so much tempted seeing the pinky pinky and the dessert… Awesome asusual deeba…

  • 6 years ago

    What a pretty dessert, so girlish and light. Strawberries are my favorite.

  • 6 years ago

    Delicious Dessert & Beautiful Photography!!!

  • Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog
    6 years ago

    You know I’m a strawberry man – adore the mousse and more with balsamic vinegar absolutely delightful, like all the pictures!



  • Cakelaw
    6 years ago

    This is gorgeous Deeba! So pretty – and my favourite colour. Promoting awareness of a great cause too.

  • 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for t he mention daaahling! I love your take on this idea, really beautiful and undoubtedly delicious 😀
    *kisses* HH

  • That looks amazing. I love desserts in pretty glasses. Though your daughter’s expression is a hoot. I’ve been know to give that same look a LOT!

  • 6 years ago

    This is an amzing dessert Deeba. I admore your continuatyion of raising awareness in Pinktober:D

  • I’ve never made cheese but am tempted to try your recipes for quark and ricotta. Your roasted strawberries look scrumptious and are so festive in those beautiful glasses. I’m saving this recipe for our next strawberry season. Great post!

  • Woww!! Thank you for letting me know your blog…It’s amazing!!

  • 6 years ago

    What a fabulous looking dessert. Glad to hear it tastes as fabulous as it looks. Lora’s post cracked me up. It really is perfect for pinkarons.

  • 6 years ago

    Love LOVE that first line up there.. It just threw me into fits of laughter.. LOL.. anyway, after that i was blown away by those gorgeous mothwatering glasses! bravo!

  • 6 years ago

    Did you geet my comment?

  • 6 years ago

    Happy Pink Month! Very intrigued with this roasted balsamic strawberries … I am dying to know how vinegar can improve the taste of strawberries…

    Anyway, this quark mousse is really beautifully presented. Love the pink as again the theme of your October 🙂

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  • 6 years ago

    Give me pink! Absolutely wonderful , Deeba. Its nothing short of poetry in picture. Lovely clicks.

  • Helene
    6 years ago

    Your dessert looks so decadent. This is beautiful for Pink month Deeba.

  • 6 years ago

    Roasted strawberries sound amazing. Very enthralling color!

  • gajra
    6 years ago

    hi Deeba can we maybe substitute mascarpone in place of the quark? u think it would work?

    • 6 years ago

      I think it just might Gajra, but be careful not to whip the mascarpone, or it won’t hold. Alternatively, you can add some gelatin to stabilise it if you like. But I think it would be fine because you don’t need to demold it. Do let me know how it works out! Thanks!

  • 6 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I love the colors and flavor combination.

  • 6 years ago

    Love the pink and looks very classic dessert 🙂

    6 years ago

    Hey deeba, I love the idea of typing the recipe in the Box….i guess it is a table or something?…I am not sure. Do u mind sharing how you do that? You can email me whenever you find time@ Thanks in advance.

  • 6 years ago

    this is such an utterly gorgeous dessert, Deeba. i love the roasted strawberries; i have never had those before and would love to try them. x shayma
    ps gorgeous photos.

  • 6 years ago

    Your mousses look just gorgeous in pink! It’s very clever of you to have stashed away those strawberries at the right time ready for a cold day. Glad to hear you are making quark regularly too!

  • 6 years ago

    Oh Deeba. This looks so amazing. I could eat that for breakfast if it were sitting in front of me! 🙂

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