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How to make Mascarpone Cheese

Having a difficult time finding mascarpone cheese? Learn how to make it at home instead. It is so easy.



I’ve been wanting to make Tiramisu and I’ve got all that is needed to make it as authentic as possible (sans the raw egg yolk part). Except I don’t have mascarpone cheese! It was not a problem when we were in Germany but the chances of finding it here in the Philippines are very slim.

We searched high and low and finally found one in S&R (PH Costco) but we were aghast at the preposterous price!!! In the end, we decided to just make our own. Good thing we did because it was so easy!

Now I can make Tiramisu anytime I want, especially with my 15-minute Tiramisu recipe.

What is Mascarpone Cheese?

Mascarpone is a kind of fresh cheese made by coagulated cream. It is the Italian version of cream cheese. It originated from the Northern part of Italy, Lombard. Popularly used for making the world-famous Italian dessert, Tiramisu. It is also used for many other delicious desserts and creamy savory dishes and soups.

Mascarpone vs. Cream Cheese

While mascarpone is Italian, cream cheese is American.  They are both cream-white in color, smooth and spreadable. But mascarpone is a little lighter in texture. As for the taste, mascarpone is slightly sweeter and creamier while cream cheese is more on the tangier side.

The main difference is the butterfat content: mascarpone has 60-75 percent and cream cheese from 33 percent but the moisture of 55 percent or less. The first is made from wholly from heavy cream the latter is a combination of milk and cream.

How to make your own Mascarpone?

To make Mascarpone, you will need only two ingredients: heavy cream and an acidic coagulant such as lemon juice, citric acid or vinegar.

  1. Bring heavy cream to a simmer at 80°C/175°F. How to make Mascarpone
  2. Add lemon juice. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down.How to make Mascarpone
  3. Transfer cream to a colander lined with cheesecloth with a bowl under it to catch the excess liquids.How to make Mascarpone
  4. Place in the fridge overnight. How to make Mascarpone


Mascarpone Cheese

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Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

Learn how to make your own mascarpone cheese at home. It is so easy and needs only two ingredients.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to make mascarpone,mascarpone cheese
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1037kcal
Author: Bebs
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 300 ml heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Bring heavy cream to a simmer at 80°C/175°F. 
  • Add lemon juice. Simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool down.
  • Transfer cream to a colander lined with cheesecloth with a bowl under it to catch the excess liquids. Place in the fridge overnight. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Mascarpone Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1037 Calories from Fat 999
% Daily Value*
Fat 111g171%
Saturated Fat 69g345%
Cholesterol 411mg137%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4410IU88%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 195mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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  1. Thanks for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it! Can you give the volume of the lemon juice in ml or tbsp/ cups? Even an estimate will do. It just that lemons come in different sizes here in Fiji. Thanks again. 🙂

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