Mascarpone Cheese can be made so simply at home. No need to ever buy store bought again!
I grew up in Wisconsin, which means I’m an all cheese, all the time sort of person. It’s a standard joke that our blood is actually a mixture of cheese sauce and beer, and cheeseheads are unironic hatwear. Granted, the variety of cheeses I experienced when I lived there was mostly limited to cheddar and swiss, but once my taste buds and I grew up I discovered the range of wonders cheese offers.
I’ve been partial to the soft spreadable cheeses for as long as I can remember, attacking the cold-pack flavors with abandon when I was a child, and now being obsessed with a certain flavor of chevre. So naturally, when I had mascarpone for the first time, I went gaga. I mean, cheese as a main component of dessert? Come on!
You’ve probably had mascarpone but not thought much about it — it’s a key ingredient in desserts like tiramisu, and sometimes used instead of (or with) ricotta in cannoli. Mascarpone can be used for so much more, from cheesecakes to ice creams to simple tarts, and even savory dishes!
I’ve made ricotta-style cheese at home before, and couldn’t believe how easy it was. DIY mascarpone is even easier! All you need is heavy whipping cream, lemon juice, and a couple of special tools that are easy to find: cheesecloth and a candy thermometer.
Now, when you are working with cheesecloth, you want to make sure that whatever you’re straining isn’t piping hot. Because cheesecloth is so lightweight, hot liquids can create a big whole pretty quickly. This mascarpone cheese recipe calls for it to cool for 30 minutes before straining, so you don’t need to worry about wasting cheesecloth. You can just cut off enough to fit your strainer, too, and save the rest for your next cheesemaking adventure!
Once you’ve made mascarpone cheese at home yourself, you’ll swear off buying it at the store. Considering how easy it is, it’s practically criminal how much it costs to buy! With only 15 minutes of hands-on time and only two ingredients, cheese at home couldn’t be simpler.
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