You may have heard of mascarpone as an Italian style cream cheese, but a softer texture, than the regular cream cheese, such as the brand name Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Mascarpone can be used in cheesecakes, and is also used to make Tiramisu. Because of its creamy texture, it makes a grand accompaniment with berries, like strawberries. The Italian style cream cheese is described in flavor as sweet, rich, and creamy-like with a mild buttery flavor.
Mascarpone was invented in southern Italy around the 16th century. It is made using the cream of cow’s milk. The name Mascarpone, pronounced Mahs-kahr-po-nay, is thought to be related to the root word mascherare, an Italian verb meaning to “dress up” or “camouflage.”
This dressing up of the cow’s cream, relates to the way the cream cheese is made. It begins from mascarpa, which is a by-product that is extracted from the whey that is leftover from making stracchino, a semi-soft cheese made from whole cow’s milk, and once extracted from the whey, it is then coagulated with lemon juice and drained, and you have: Mascarpone.
2/3 cup coconut flour
1 ripe medium banana
1 medium carrot finely grated, do not pat dry (should equal about 1 cup)
1/2 cup dried coconut, shredded and unsweetened
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 cups coconut milk (can also use buttermilk, milk, or almond milk)
The Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce to follow.
Before making the pancakes, in a separate small mixing bowl, make the Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce, as follows.
1 – 8 oz. tub of mascarpone cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 zest of an orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and set aside. If there is any leftover cream cheese sauce, save in a glass jar with a tight lid for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
When you have finished cooking the pancakes (makes about 6 large cakes), plate them and top with the Orange Maple Mascarpone Sauce. You can also top the sauce with some grated carrot, and nuts, like pecans or walnuts. Enjoy!!
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