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mascarpone cheese

What do you do when you have a litre of whipping cream sitting around with nothing to do?

Grab a lemon and make mascarpone cheese, of course…

Mascarpone is a thick Italian cream cheese.  Sold in tubs (at exorbitant prices), mass-produced mascarpone pales when compared to homemade.  And it’s almost as easy as making ricotta cheese or creme fraiche— just extra time in the fridge for the water to drain away and the cheese to set.

What do you do with mascarpone?

  • make a tiramisu (obvious answer)
  • stir it into risotto just before serving (trendy answer)
  • stuff some fresh figs, bake in the oven and serve with a pomegranate syrup (off-the-cuff answer)
  • Or, you can make a Tiramisu Cheesecake (shameless link answer)

(Click on the title below for a printable version of the recipe.)

: Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

: A thick Italian cream cheese that tastes WAY better than store bought.

Yield:  Approx. 3/4 lb (340 g)

  • Whipping Cream – 2 cups (500 ml)
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – 1 Tble (15 ml)
  1. Heat the whipping cream in a non-reactive saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  2. When the cream reaches 190 F, remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Continue stirring until the cream curdles, and is thick enough to generously coat the back of a wooden spoon. Allow to sit, undisturbed, for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a sieve with several layers of dampened cheesecloth (or a clean, damp cotton/linen dishcloth) and set over a bowl. Pour the cooled cream mixture into the sieve, and allow to drain, undisturbed, until cooled completely. Cover the sieve with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next day, remove the cheese from the sieve in 1 piece and stir well to make smooth and creamy. Will keep in the fridge for 7 to 10 days.
Notes:

  • this recipe is easily increased – use 1 tble fresh lemon juice for every 2 cups of whipping cream
  • use your newly made cheese to make Tiramisu, or better yet, my Tiramisu Cheesecake.

Culinary tradition: Italian

 

13 Comments

  1. JulieD
    April 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

    This is awesome, definitely going to try it because you’r right, buying it is so expensive!

  2. Quinn
    April 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    This is so special, I didn’t know you can make your own Mascarpone. What’s with all the exorbitant price they’re selling outside. I’ll make my own, thanks!

  3. Sathya
    April 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Wonderful, thank you! I will be making this soon and whenever I need mascarpone rather than buying it, its expensive here in Australia.

  4. Theresa
    April 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Sathya,Quinn & Julie – Thanks for stopping by! Let us know how your first batch of mascarpone turns out!

  5. rita
    April 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    such a great tip, thanks!

  6. Kari
    September 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I am definitely going to try this. I didn’t know it was that easy to make Mascarpone. Thank you for sharing this:)

  7. The Manly Housewife
    September 10, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Simply awesome… Can’t wait to try

  8. Pat
    September 25, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Please add to yummy soup

  9. I started out at the halloumi cheese and ended up here before I got to comment there. I was so excited to see a recipe for home made mascarpone. I cringe every time I see the price in the store so this is WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Theresa
      October 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

      Thank you for the comments — I`d love to hear how your mascarpone goes…it tastes so much better than store bought! Theresa

  10. Karen
    March 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    GREAT stuff

  11. amal
    June 13, 2012 at 1:17 am

    hi i just would like to know what kind of whipping cream ?an d should we tie the cloth or leave it open?

    • Theresa
      June 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Amal,

      Whipping cream in Canada is just whipping cream, so I’m not sure how to answer your question. You definitely want to avoid ultra-pasteurized whipping cream, as it will not work. It’s easier to leave the cloth open, but to cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap.

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