Mascarpone Cheese

Mascarpone cheese is used in various Italian pastries and desserts. It also tastes great on a piece of toast with sprinkled sugar!


1 qt Light Cream (940ml)

1/4 teaspoon Tartaric Acid** (5ml)

  1. Heat 1 qt of LIGHT CREAM to 180°F (82°C)
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon TARTARIC ACID
  3. Stir for about 10-15 minutes
  4. The cream should thicken with small flecks of curd.
  5. Using a DOUBLE layer of FINE cheesecloth in a strainer, pour off the whey and let it drain for about an hour.
  6. Put the strainer in a bowl and place it in the refrigerator to drain overnight (or 12 hours).
  7. In the morning, scoop out the cheese and put into an airtight container.

** Tartaric Acid is available from any cheese making supply company and most wine making companies. Since at home winemaking is much more common, look in your phone book for a local winemaking supply store. Many wine and liquor stores carry wine making supplies and may have tartaric acid.