Thick, silky, creamy mascarpone cheese tastes like slightly tangy-sweet cream and lends itself beautifully to a whole range of luscious desserts. While you may have tried it in tiramisu, mascarpone cheese appears in many other tasty presentations. It pairs well with fruit and citrus, as well as elevating cheesecakes, tarts, and cakes. Try these favorites for a wonderful end to any meal.
Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake
Sour lemons and sweet mascarpone cheese create a lovely contrast in this elegant layer cake. Soaking the layers of cake in a lush lemon syrup gives it an assertive citrus flavor and a trifle-like texture. Meyer lemons will have the best flavor, but any kind of lemon you can find will work fine.
No-Cook Berry Mascarpone Tart
When the mercury rises and you can’t stand the thought of turning on the oven, whip up this simple no-bake tart for dessert. The filling uses tart mascarpone cheese and lemon for a rich, creamy texture and zippy flavor, as well as plenty of fresh berries for color and sweetness. This recipe includes instructions for making the tart crust yourself, but you can also use a store-bought pastry shell to save time.
Sour Cherry Cheesecake
With both mascarpone and cream cheese, this Italian-style cheesecake comes out so rich and creamy, but with a fluffy texture and slightly tart flavor. A balsamic vinegar and cherry sauce lends it a fruity complexity with just the right amount of sweetness. A graham cracker or vanilla wafer crust gives it a lovely little crunch, as well.
Fresh Fig and Honey Tart
Fresh figs soaked in honey give this simple and beautiful tartan earthy sweetness that contrasts perfectly with a lemony mascarpone cheese layer. The filling tastes reminiscent of a classic cheesecake, but the figs add an interesting element that will impress your guests. Drizzle with a little extra honey before serving, for extra flare.
This classic coffee-flavored Italian dessert is transformed into a luscious cheesecake that is surrounded by the traditional ladyfinger cookies. The chocolate cookie crust is topped with a mascarpone filling, baked, chilled, and dusted with cocoa powder. The whipped cream spiked with coffee liquor adds a pretty finishing touch and an extra little kick.
For a light, a floral dessert that looks as great as it tastes, look no further than this elderflower cheesecake. Elderflower cordial gives it a sweet, slightly herbal flavor that makes a nice change from basic creamy cheesecake. This recipe uses gluten-free digestives, but you can use other cookies for the base if you don’t need to avoid gluten.
Smooth, creamy mascarpone is the perfect ingredient to give your dessert a more luxurious feel. Although the buttery cheese can be used in savory or sweet dishes, it’s at its best when paired with more sweets. The recipes above might just make you ditch the whipped cream for good.