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Super Easy Mascarpone

Mascarpone is a rich, luscious cheese that makes fresh fruit taste divine!

While it can be a bit pricey at the grocery store, it is amazingly easy to make at home. Follow these steps and get ready for fresh berry season! A note about cream:  Make sure to read the carton carefully when purchasing cream from the grocery store. Ultra-pasteurized cream or cream with added ingredients will not culture well. The best cream will be 100% cream sourced from a local dairy, pasteurized or raw. Ingredients:
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 packet flora danica starter culture
  1. Pour cream into a stainless steel pot and heat to 85ºF. If you overshoot a bit, don't worry. Simply let the cream cool until it reaches 85ºF


2.Sprinkle the starter culture over the surface of the cream. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve. 3. Whisk the cream to mix the starter in thoroughly. 4. Leave the cream to culture for 10-12 hours or overnight. Wondering what to do with mascarpone? Here are some ideas:
  • Enjoy a scoop with fresh berries or other fruit.
  • Mix in a little honey or maple syrup and use it as a dip for shortbread cookies or apple slices.
  • Spread on a bagel.
  • Use in dessert recipes that call for cream cheese...like frosting!