Mascarpone is an Italian soft cheese originating from the Lombardy region. It is a thick, double or triple cream cheese made using fresh cow’s milk. The high fat content gives this cheese its signature smooth, velvety texture which makes it a particularly popular ingredient in sweet dishes, although it is equally suited to savoury recipes. This collection of mascarpone recipes demonstrates the versatility of this smooth, rich cheese.
Mascarpone is perhaps most commonly associated with the classic Italian dessert of tiramisu, and there are some wonderful tiramisu recipes in this collection. Paul Ainsworth uses a heavenly combination of Tia Maria and amaretto in his easy Tiramisu recipe, serving the finished dessert in a clear glass bowl to showcase the layers of soaked sponge and coffee cream. For a scaled down version of this rich, comforting treat try Victoria Glass’ recipe for dainty Miniature tiramisu cakes, which wouldn’t look amiss upon the tiers of a luxurious afternoon tea.
The cheese also lends itself well to lighter summer desserts. For a boozy dessert perfect for eating al fresco try Helen Jessup’s Lemon prosecco syllabub recipe, or Nisha Thomas’ aromatic Rosewater pistachio cupcakes – picnic ready treats adorned with a vanilla mascarpone cupcake frosting. Popular in cheesecake recipes too, the cheese adds some creamy structure to Simon Hulstone’s colourful Passion fruit and vanilla cheesecake.