#24 – Mascarpone
Mascarpone cheese facts:
- Mascarpone is an Italian cheese from the Lombardy region, made by curdling milk cream with citric acid or acetic acid.
- It is a thick, double or triple cream, soft cheese with a very high fat content ranging from 60% to 75%. The resulting rich butterfat content makes the cheese an essential ingredient in Italian recipes like Tiramisu and cheesecakes.
- The texture of Mascarpone ranges from smooth, creamy to buttery, depending on how it is processed during cheesemaking.
- It is very simple to make mascarpone and many people make their own at home
- In Italy, a favorite preparation is savory, mixing the cheese with anchovies, mustard, and spices and spreading it on bread.
- It is best known as an ingredient in the desert tiramisu.
- Mascarpone originated around 1600 in Lombardy of North Italy Southwest of Milan. Some say the name came from “mas que bueno” (Spanish for “more than good”)
- You can visit here to find out how to make homemade mascarpone.