Mascarpone, that creamy, decadent cheese, is a staple element of tiramisu, where it sits firmly between layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and lends the dessert its characteristic creaminess. Otherwise, the spread moonlights in a variety of other tarts and cakes, and adds silk to an omelette. It’s no pantry staple, but when it’s called for, it is a delight to use. Because the cheese spread can lean pricey, and because we’re Food52, we’ve put together a video for making mascarpone at home. Surprisingly, it couldn’t be easier.
The method was originally posted to our site by community member Vegetarian ‘Ventures in 2015. With just two ingredients and only about ten minutes of active cooking time, the recipe is deceptively simple. In the video, we’ve paired the fresh mascarpone with some crisp peaches, but if you’re looking for some other suggestions, here are some recipes to get you started.