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Homemade Mascarpone Cheese and Tarts

I made Cheese!
I had no idea how easy it was to make Mascarpone Cheese. You do need to plan and make it the day before, but it was super easy to do.
The first place I looked was on Sprinkle Bakes. (She made an awesome Tiramisu, BTW)
Then, I Googled it and watched a few You Tube videos.
Finally, I made up mind and set forth to make it!
To make your own Mascarpone Cheese you will need:
1 Pint of Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Here’s how you make it:
1. Add an inch or so of water to a large skillet and bring it to a boil. Pour your cream into a stainless steel bowl and place it into the skillet. Cook the cream for 15 minutes or until it reaches 190 deg F. Add in the lemon juice and keep it at 190 deg for 5 minutes stirring to avoid scalding. The cream should coat the back of a wooden spoon and leave a defined stripe when you swipe your finger across the spoon.
2. Place either a paper towel, a coffee filter, or cheesecloth into a strainer and place that over a bowl.
3. Pour your mixture out into a strainer. You’ll see some liquid leak out of the strainer, the remainder will be absorbed by the cloth. Once cool, cover and place in the fridge overnight.
4. The next day, remove from the strainer and fluff up. I added some honey to sweeten up my cheese for the tarts. It was like super thick yogurt!
5. I got a prepared pie crust and cut 4 inch circles out.  
6. Place the circles on an upside down cupcake pan and bake at 350 deg F for 8 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Add a heaping spoonful of of cheese to the crust bowls and add some mixed fruit.
I went with lightly sweetened blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries.

I’ve seen some served with grilled peaches or pineapple! Eek! That would be great!

Or even some flambe’ cherries or bananas – OMG! I’m drooling for more! 


Serve to deserving friends 🙂
These were so tasty and light for our luncheon party.
Making it myself was so much cheaper! A small 8 oz container of cheese is usually 8 bucks around here versus half the price for heavy cream.
PLUS, I know exactly what went into my cheese. No additives or preservatives! Bonus!
However, the cheese is best if eaten within 48 hours.

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Claiming Our Space

Wednesday 15th of August 2012

This looks delicious and perfect for those of us who need some help with portion control. :) I would love it if you would share this on Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/08/tout-it-tuesday-19.html

Ali @ JamHands.net

Monday 13th of August 2012

How ambitious of you :D I have never made mascapone before but it looks very easy and delicious. I wanted to take a moment to invite you to Recipe Sharing Monday over at my blog. I hope you have a great week!

Christine

Sunday 12th of August 2012

Oh!! I want some... PLEASE!!

Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin

Saturday 11th of August 2012

Oh, these look delicious! Pretty too! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Bacon Time. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-9.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate

Saturday 11th of August 2012

Oh my gosh genius to use the back of the muffin tin to make the tart shells! These look wonderful!