Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

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homemade mascarpone cheese

Mascarpone is one of those luxury ingredients that cost an arm and a leg to buy but…it is cheap and easy to make at home.

To compare: a tub of supermarket mascarpone is AU$23 per kilo. Making your own with fresh cream comes in at around AU$7.90 a kilo, a big saving.

The recipe below yields about 400g of mascarpone cheese, which means it costs under AU$4, including the cost of the lemon or vinegar.

If you’re wondering how to use mascarpone, it is traditionally used in tiramisu, but is nice served with fruit (fresh, poached or char-grilled), tossed through pasta (instead of ricotta, say), spread on toasted fruit bread, or can be used in pretty much anything that asks for cream – mascarpone gives the dish a decadent touch.

Yield: Makes approx. 400g

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese

homemade mascarpone cheese

Mascarpone is a rich decadent treat that cost a fortune in shops but you can make it easily at home for a couple of dollars.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 cups of pouring cream
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice


  1. Gently heat cream over medium heat in a saucepan until it reaches 85°C (a candy thermometer is useful here). Make sure you stir regularly to ensure the cream doesn’t scold on the bottom.
  2. Once the cream reaches 85°C, add the vinegar and continue stirring until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon (a couple of minutes). Remove from heat and let sit to cool. The cream won’t visibly curdle like it would if you were making ricotta, for example, although you may see some whey. It looks more like custard.
  3. Line a sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth or muslin or a new, clean chux and place over a bowl. Pour the cream into the sieve and sit in the fridge overnight (I placed a saucer over the top to cover, but don’t squeeze or press down on the cream). What you will have in the morning is a thick, creamy mascarpone – thick like cream cheese, but with a creamy rather than tangy taste. Yum!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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  1. Oh I love this! My husband’s family’s tiramisu recipe takes TWO tubs of mascarpone, and the price of it at the supermarket always makes me gasp. I’ll be making our own next time instead! Thanks!

  2. Oh I’ve got to try this out. Yep mascarpone is expensive and this sounds so easy to make :) Thanks.

  3. Wonderful! You are certainly one clever lady, I certainly look forward to reading your blog this year.

  4. Ta, hope it turns out well.