Prep 40 mins
Cook 0 mins
Creamy, silky smooth mascarpone cheese that you can make at home instead of paying an arm and a leg for store-bought! This is the perfect introduction to cheesemaking for the beginner, no hard-to-find ingredients, super easy to make, and very rewarding! Use this in tiramisu or other Italian desserts.
- Pour whipping cream into a heavy glass bowl; submerge in water (up to the level of the cream in the bowl) in a saucepan.
- Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat until cream reaches 190 degrees (just below the boiling point - it will be very frothy and steamy), stirring frequently. I had a little trouble getting mine quite that hot, so I popped the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds.
- Keeping bowl in the water, pour in lemon juice and stir continuously until cream becomes very thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
- Line a fine-mesh strainer or sieve with a coffee filter (you'll need more than one if you double the recipe) and suspend over a bowl. Pour in thickened cream.
- Once cream cools completely, move the strainer and bowl to the refrigerator. 24 hours later, peel off the coffee filter and put your finished cheese in a container. Or if you're impatient and don't mind it a bit less firm, you can remove it sooner! Makes about 6 oz.
This was really easy to make and it came out really well - almost like cream cheese. I doubled the amount. I did add some cinnamon and honey so I can use it as a dip, which did change the texture for some reason, but it still tasted really good!
I made this recipe to use in a tiramisu dessert. It was very easy to do, and it tasted even better than the store bought mascarpone cheese. This recipe is easy and very cheap to do. I used organic cream for mine, tripled the recipe, let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, and my tiramisu dessert came out amazing. Thank you, thank you for posting this recipe!!!