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tweetie Jan 23, 2007 12:59 PM

A friend gave me a container of mascarpone cheese which I must admit, I've never baked/cooked with. Any suggestions beyond tiramisu? Grazie mille! ( if I were a true Italian, I wouldn't have to ask such a question!)

  1. lollya Jan 23, 2007 01:08 PM

    hmmm I was going to say Tiramisu...shoot.

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      RebJaeBoe Jan 23, 2007 01:26 PM

      I like to have mascarpone cheese with cantaloupe and prosciutto. When I can't find a good melon I just do the mascarpone and prosciutto.

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        maestra Jan 23, 2007 04:12 PM

        Mix the cheese with sugar, then use as a mini-trifle layer with balsamic-mascerated strawberries or another fruit of your choice and broken lady fingers. Top with whipped cream. Let guests or kids build their own.
        Try mixing in lemon or orange peel, cocoa powder, or any number of other things.
        For a savory dish, it can add a nice tang to pasta sauces as a finisher instead of butter.

        1. bitsubeats Jan 23, 2007 04:15 PM

          you can stuff it into ravioli or mix it up into some pasta sauce. you don't have to use it in sweet preparations

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            akk Jan 23, 2007 07:55 PM

            Yes, I make a great pasta with pureed tomatoes, pancetta, basil and mascarpone. After cooking the pancetta and cooking down the tomatoes, you just melt in the mascapone and it makes a creamy, distinctive sauce (From Pasta Fresca, by La Place and Kleinman.)

          2. TorontoJo Jan 23, 2007 04:40 PM

            Mix with a good caramel (homemade is best, but not necessary) and use it to make banana caramel tartlets. Mini tart shells, a slice of banana, fill with caramel/cheese mixture, top with another slice of banana, then drizzle with caramel. Easy and delicious.

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              bakingpw Jan 23, 2007 04:42 PM

              Poach a whole pear in red wine simple syrup and "stuff" the cored center with it! YUM!! Serve with Creme Anglaise (or softened Vanilla Bean Ice Cream - same thing!)

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                bakingpw Jan 23, 2007 04:51 PM

                oops - forgot to dip that pear in Chocolate Ganache first - flavor and color!!

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                  j2brady Jan 23, 2007 05:03 PM

                  I second the poached pear....but it is also good with some fresh fruit and a little honey drizzle! Some nuts if you are feeling nutty.

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                    debbiel Jan 23, 2007 07:50 PM

                    That's exactly what I was going to suggest (the honey and fresh fruit).

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                    piccola Jan 23, 2007 06:26 PM

                    Mix with equal parts gorgonzola and spread on crackers or sandwiches.

                    Serve with a dried fruit compote.

                    Sweeten, and use as filling for a layer cake.

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                      ItaloChick Jan 23, 2007 07:56 PM

                      Make a pasta with arugola and mascarpone.

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                        btnfood Jan 23, 2007 08:40 PM

                        Also makes a great addition to cheesecake batter (along with cream cheese). Martha Stewart published a recipe for a Strawberries and Crean Cheesecake that calls for mascarpone this past summer and it was incredible.

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                          ginnyhw Jun 18, 2007 11:40 AM

                          This is the secret ingredient in the Girl Scouts cheesecake recipe too. I'm pretty sure it freezes too.

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                          normalheightsfoodie Jan 23, 2007 08:57 PM

                          It is great with mashed potatoes, or an adition to make and cheese.

                          Add it to a pasta sauce and it becomes rich and creamy.

                          Mix several soft cheeses and add a layer of pesto in between and you have a torte.

                          IT is good with everything!

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                            99edanneh Jun 16, 2007 07:12 PM

                            try moscarpone, lightly sweetened with confectioner sugar, as a dip or spread for ginger snap cookies. Goes great with a light white wine!

                            1. financialdistrictresident Jun 17, 2007 10:04 AM

                              This week we made:

                              1. Fresh pasta w/ mascarpone cheese a touch of cream and shaved black truffle (got the recipe idea from this site, just added it to pasta instead of an omelet)
                              2. Spread it on a warm crumpet, then added a later of fresh, sliced apricots and then added a layer of Sarabeth's Apricot orange marmelade - YUM!!!!!!

                              I have also made:

                              1. Mascarpone with grated lemon peel, liquor (not sure I spelled that right?) of your choice (I used Naked Chef's limoncello) and fresh strawberries (they are in season now and the Union Square Greenmarket has them - AMAZING!)

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                                sweetpotater Jun 17, 2007 10:22 AM

                                Mix with a little sugar, cinnamon, allspice -- whatever suits you. Pit some dates and stuff with the mixture. This is a surefire, easy hit and also looks nice on a platter sprinkled with chopped pistachios.

                                1. Stephmo Jun 17, 2007 05:17 PM

                                  We really just go super-simple with mascarpone - fresh berries over the mascarpone. We just go with whatever is in season. If we go with what's in season and it's fresh, it will sweeten everything on it's own (slice strawberries if you go with those). This is our easy weekday dessert.

                                  1. Sophia. Jun 18, 2007 09:47 AM

                                    I had no respect for Giada until I saw her brunch episode where she grilled some rustic bread and then spread it with mascarpone and topped it with a good marmalade. fantastic.

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                                      OCAnn Feb 3, 2008 10:36 PM

                                      Similarly, we saw Giada prep a pasta dish using mascarpone. We modified it a bit: we cook italian sausage, mushrooms & onions; add mascarpone and stir; then add to pasta. Simple and delicious!

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                                        Fromageball Aug 28, 2010 08:31 AM

                                        I saw her make the pasta dish, looked pretty good!

                                    2. Mandymac Feb 4, 2008 08:36 AM

                                      Um...eat it with a spoon?

                                      Seriously, I came up with a good use of leftover marscapone this week--ice cream! I used the typical French vanilla recipe from the Bittman (it's approx 1 cup heavy cream, 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup sugar, four yolk), and I subbed about a cup of the milk for marscapone. It really does wonders for the texture of the ice cream!

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                                        Dagney Nov 27, 2009 10:15 PM

                                        Yes!!! I thought the same thing. Marscapone and chocolate sauce. Yes please.

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                                          L987 Aug 28, 2010 12:41 PM

                                          yeah its great in icecream you can add your favourite berries (mixed with some icingsugar) or crushed cookies to the icecream when its done

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                                          eskimodoll Nov 27, 2009 08:13 PM

                                          Cannolis!

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                                            normalheightsfoodie Nov 28, 2009 12:32 PM

                                            Last night, I stuffed jalepenos, from my garden, with Marscapone and Cream Cheese and little paprika and deep fried them in pancake batter they were very good.

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                                              asheblogs Aug 28, 2010 08:18 AM

                                              Pancakes. These. http://www.mangotomato.com/2010/03/ma...

                                              Not my recipe, but I just made them today and they were *fantastic.*

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                                                PageA Apr 14, 2011 09:08 PM

                                                I was in Tuscany last fall and they taught us how to make stuffed tomatoes using mascarpone cheese. You mix half mascarpone with half ricotta, then mix in an herbed olive oil. This was pre made so I can't tell you exact measurements, however, Im sure there was basil and thyme along with maybe a some rosemary and parsley. I would think whatever type of herbs you like would work fine. Anyway, mix the herbs into olive oil, (which you keep on hand refrigerated for other dishes), and then flavor the cheeses with the olive oil to taste. Clean as many tomatoes as needed for the cheese mixture. To do this, cut an x in the bottom of the tomato, toss into boiling water for 45 to 60 seconds, and then drain and cool on a cookie sheet. Peel the tomato. Cut a small opening in the bottom of the tomato, scoop out all the insides, replace with the cheese mixture, bake in the oven until just hot. These are really yummy! And I don't really care for warm tomatoes!

                                                1. auldjaded Apr 14, 2011 09:31 PM

                                                  I like it spread on toast, or toasted English muffins...

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                                                    haiku. Apr 15, 2011 01:47 AM

                                                    It's really good mixed with a little orange juice and vanilla seeds (and sugar if you want it sweeter), served with strawberries.

                                                    It's something you can stir into a polenta instead of butter when finishing it off.

                                                    My new go-to brownies recipe calls for mascarpone. These brownies are now in high demand among all of my friends!

                                                    1. drewb123 Apr 15, 2011 08:40 PM

                                                      On bruschetta with proscuitto, fig and a drizzle of olive oil.

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