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Creamy Homemade Mascarpone

Only two ingredients to make this Easy Creamy Homemade Mascarpone.  This Italian Cream Cheese is perfect as a filling or ingredient in frostings.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling Time1 d 3 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: An easy homemade filling for pies and cakes, Homemade Italian Cream Cheese / Mascarpone
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 783kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 16 ounces whole cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a medium size pot add the cream and place over medium heat, stir with a wooden spoon or rubber whisk, place a candy thermometer in the pot and heat until it reaches 185 F (85 C).
  • Remove from heat and continue to stir until the temperature comes down to 140 F (60 C).
  • Place the pot back on the heat and bring it back up to 185 F (85 C), continue to stir, then add the lemon juice lower the heat, keeping the temperature at 185 F and heat and stir for 3 minutes. 
  • Remove again from the heat and bring the temperature down to 140 F (60 C), continue to stir.
  • Then pour the cream into a glass bowl, cover with a lid and cover with a tea towel, let sit at room temperature for 3 hours.
  • In a clean bowl place a sieve (make sure sieve is not touching the bottom of the bowl), and line the sieve with a clean cotton tea towel or 3 or 4 layers of cheese cloth, pour the cooled cream onto the cloth, then cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel.  
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours. Enjoy.  
  • Makes about 1 - 1 1/2 cups.



Calories: 783kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 52g | Cholesterol: 310mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 170mg | Vitamin A: 3335IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 147mg