14 December, 2011

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

Mascarpone Cheese is an Italian Cheese made from coagulation of cream with citric acid. It is used to make the famous Italian dessert Tiramisu.

As you might have guessed, we don't get it in the markets here in Kerala. I've heard a few people mentioning who have got Mascarpone Cheese in the metros, that its way too expensive. It is a similar process to making Paneer or Cottage Cheese. The difference is that Mascaropne is made from cream and Paneer from milk.


Adapted from Baking Obsession

Makes 300gms of Mascarpone Cheese

Ingredients I used:
  • 2cups Amul Cream
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
Procedure:

1. Take water in a wide mouthed skillet, large enough to place a saucepan on it. Bring the water to boil.


2. Pour the cream in a saucepan. Lower the heat to medium low and place this saucepan over the Skillet with boiling water. Stir the cream often.


3. After 15minutes of delicate heating, add 1tbsp of lemon juice and stir. You will feel the cream curdling but it doesn't quite look like as in the case of Paneer.


4. Keep stirring till the cream curdles completely. Remove from the heat; let it cool for a few minutes.


5. Now line the sieve with four layers of cheese cloth or any clean white cloth that is porous. Pour the curdled cream through the lined sieve. Do not squeeze like in case of Paneer.


7. Refrigerate for 24hours after it cools completely. Mascarpone Cheese is ready to be used.


Note:
1. You might see whey streaks or some whey but I did not see any whey, even after watching closely.
2. Mascarpone cheese especially homemade does not contain preservatives and should be used within a few days and should be stored under refrigeration.
3. It can be used in desserts, frosting and to make Italian custards. It is even used to thicken risottos. It can be substituted for cream cheese according to the recipe.

Health & Nutrition:
  • Mascarpone cheese is a concentrated source of nutrients found in milk. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorous,  zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A.
  • It is a dense source of high quality protein

14 comments:

  1. awesome.. brilliant xpalnations n pics..

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  2. great effort dear..looks perfect.

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  3. Cheese looks simply delicious and tasty.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. hats off to you that you tried this at home. awesome.

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  5. Your mascarpone looks like it turned out perfectly. I've had that on my list of things to try for a very long time!

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  7. Thank you so much everyone...

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  8. cheese looks so good... thank you so much for sharing the method to make it at home...

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  9. I have wanted to make a cheesecake for sometime now and did not know where to get the mascarpone. Will definitely try this one.

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  10. wonderfully explained, is the Amul cream, fresh cream that is sold in packets???

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