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Recipe: Mascarpone Cheese

Mascarpone is a light and fluffy soft cheese that is traditionally used to make tiramisù and cannoli. Alternatively, mascarpone is delicious mounded in a bowl and topped with fresh fruit.



  1. In a double boiler, gently heat cream to 190°F. Use a thermometer to avoid overheating.
  2. While cream is heating, dissolve tartaric acid in 2 Tbsp. of water.
  3. Once the cream has reached 190°F, remove from heat and add the tartaric acid solution. Whisk thoroughly into the cream for 30 seconds.
  4. Allow the cream mixture to sit for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cream will thicken to a consistency similar to farina and should coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Place a colander in a bowl and line the colander with sterile butter muslin or a sterile tea towel. Pour the coagulated cream into the cloth and let the whey drain for 1 to 2 hours or until the desired consistency is achieved. Spoon the mascarpone into a storage container and place in the refrigerator to chill. As it chills it will continue to thicken a bit. While mascarpone should be consumed within a day or two for optimal flavor, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

At A Glance

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 2 hours, 25 minutes
TOTAL: 2 hours, 45 minutes
YIELD: Makes about 1 quart.