There are times you may be in the middle of cooking and suddenly it hits you; you are short of an ingredient. Your first thought would be to run to the supermarket and pick it up. But wait, why step out of your house when you can take control of the situation in your own kitchen? Often you might be deterred from trying out new recipes because the ingredients are not available in the market or in some cases, very expensive. But now you can put all your trepidation’s aside and start cooking, because any ingredient that is lacking, you can be sure to make it at home, with ease.
In the first part of many posts to follow about making your own ingredients, I will suggest ways to make mascarpone cheese and sour cream that I have tried and tested. Fortunately, they have worked well for me. Mascarpone cheese is a staple in pies, cheesecakes,creamy pastas but most importantly, the famous Italian dessert; Tiramisu. As it is the main ingredient in Tiramisu, it is a no-brainer that mascarpone cheese has its roots in Italy. This Italian cheese is known for its thick and creamy yet soft texture. Beware all weight conscious eaters, it has a very high fat content; 40%. But its taste is unparalleled.
You can easily make mascarpone cheese with ingredients lying around in your larder:
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbsps sour cream.
- 1 pkt cream
- 2 tbsps yoghurt
- 1 lemon