Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mascarpone Cheese

To accompany the pastry for the Daring Baker's challenge this month, I made homemade mascarpone cheese and converted it into a filling. This was the first batch of cheese I've ever made, and it was surprisingly very easy. After using the filling in my pastry, I gave the rest of the filling to my walking partner who enjoyed it a little too much. Here are some process photos that I took at night (hence the bad photo quality):
Only two ingredients required! Heavy cream and lemon juice! In the words of Ina Garten, "How simple is that?'
Prepare the makeshift double broiler....
Pour in the heavy cream...
Allow it to heat up to 190 degrees Farenheit before pouring in the lemon juice...
Not there yet!
Once it reaches the desired temperature, pour in the lemon juice and stir a bit more...
Have cheesecloth ready and placed over a strainer over a bowl...
Remove cream from the simmering water...
Pour the hot cream into the cheesecloth...

Then fold over the cheesecloth and let sit in the refrigerator. It will look liquidy at first, but it will look like the above photo by the next morning...Ecco il mascarpone!
This is the mascarpone out of the cheesecloth. It's now ready to be used in the filling...sorry I don't have any photos of that...The recipe for the filling will be on my Daring Baker's post.

Mascarpone Cheese
by Baking Obsession (a LOVELY site)

Makes about 12 oz
  • 500 ml whipping (36 %) pasteurized (or ultra-pasteurized), preferably organic cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low so the water is barely simmering. Pour the cream into a medium heat-resistant bowl, then place the bowl into the skillet. Heat the cream, stirring often, to 190 F. It will take about 15 minutes of delicate heating. Add the lemon juice and continue heating the mixture, stirring gently, until the cream curdles. Do not expect the same action as you see during ricotta cheese making. All that the whipping cream will do is become thicker, like a well-done crème anglaise. It will cover a back of your wooden spoon thickly. You will see just a few clear whey streaks when you stir. Remove the bowl from the water and let cool for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, line a sieve with four layers of dampened cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Transfer the mixture into the lined sieve. Do not squeeze the cheese in the cheesecloth or press on its surface (be patient, it will firm up after refrigeration time). Once cooled completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate (in the sieve) overnight or up to 24 hours.

The first time I made mascarpone I had all doubts if it’d been cooked enough, because of its custard-like texture. Have no fear, it will firm up beautifully in the fridge, and will yet remain lusciously creamy.


  1. I made marscarpone for my DB filling too. So sweet and cream! Yours looks perfect!

  2. How marvelous is that?! You made your own? And you're right so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. this is such a cool idea! mascarpone cheese are readily available in our supermarkets here, however they tend to be very expensive. Now I can make tiramisu whenever!

  4. Barbara - Great minds think alike! Thanks!

    Ingrid - Yep, I made my own! It really is easy; I was surprised, too.

    SimplePleasures - Yeah, I think it would be cheaper to make this at home. It's rewarding, too.

  5. Hi Memoria -- I made this last night and it came out great! And it was so easy. Thanks for the recipe and the tips!

  6. I'm glad it worked out for you!! It is very easy. I was surprised at how easy it was.

  7. Could you sub something else for the lemon juice? I live in Mexico and in this region I can't find lemons. Limes yes, but no lemons. Weird, I know. But, just curious?


  8. I have no idea if you can use limes instead of lemons. What about bottled lemon juice (jugo de limón embotellado)? Do you have that? If not, try out the limes, and tell me how it turns out. ¡Suerte!


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