Description of Mascarpone

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Mascarpone is a very specific type of Italian cheese. Get a description of mascarpone with help from a Chef de Cuisine and Executive Pastry Chef in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

I'm Mary Beth Johnson. I'm a Chef de Cuisine and an executive pastry chef, and today I want to talk about mascarpone. Well what is mascarpone? It's an Italian cheese. A lot of people think it's an Italian cream cheese. That's not necessarily the case. It has the same texture, maybe a little bit of the same profile as American cream cheese, but it's actually a butter fattened cheese, cow's milk cheese that has extra butter fat added into it. So it's a lot thicker. It doesn't have that tangy taste like the American version of cream cheese does. So I have a little bit here and I'll show you the actual texture of it. So you can see it's not as thick as the cream cheese or as hard as American cream cheese because it is actual cheese. In Italy, mascarpone is served right along fresh strawberries picked from the vine. It's also used in Tiramisu. I'm sure you've had Tiramisu. You can also make it at home but it's a little time consuming. The best thing that mascarpone has ever been used for is to lighten cheeses such as gorgonzola and that's actually a specialty in the Veneto region is gorgonzola cheese that's mixed with mascarpone and it's a melt in your mouth, creamy, creamy cheese. This is my version of Italian mascarpone. I'm Chef Mary Beth. Cheri Diamo Dopo.


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