Mascarpone Ice Cream With Figs

This mascarpone ice cream with figs is the ultimate late-summer dessert. The silky and buttery cheese really makes this frozen dessert something delicious and amazingly creamy.

Mascarpone ice cream served on a cup and topped with fresh figs.

What is mascarpone?

Mascarpone is an italian soft and buttery cheese made with only two ingredients: Heavy cream and citric acid. Because of the fat added by the heavy cream, mascarpone becomes very soft and spreadable. The taste is mildly sweet and buttery making it perfect to use in both, sweet and salty recipes. More here about mascarpone.

Mascarpone is used to make risotto, pasta, desserts and various Italian recipes. Is also the principal ingredient for the famous dessert tiramisù.

Mascarpone ice cream seen from above.

Make the fig mixture

Cut the figs into quarters and place them in a small sauce pan. Add sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Mix well and bring the mixture to boil over medium heat. Let the mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes mixing every now and then until it thickens.

Fig mixture cooked on a sauce pan.

Remove from heat, let it cool and transfer the mixture to a container with a lid on. Store in fridge for at least 12 hrs.

Make the mascarpone mixture

In a small sauce pan add the mascarpone, sugar, whole milk and vanilla extract.

Adding vanilla extract to a pot with milk, mascarpone cheese and sugar.

Turn on the heat to medium and whisk until everything is combined.

As soon as the mixture start to boil, turn off heat and let it cool mixing from time to time.

Mascarpone ice cream mixture on pot.

Then transfer to a container and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

Make the mascarpone ice cream

Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker. Pour first the mascarpone mixture and once is finish churning add gently the fig mixture and let it churn for a couple of seconds to achieve a swirl-ish texture.

Transfer to a freeze-safe container, place a layer of plastic wrap or parchment paper on top to prevent ice forming on surface. Store in the freeze for 2-3 hours before serving.

Ice cream on a container.

Recipe Notes

  • To make the swirls on ice cream just make sure to not over mix the figs mixture into the mascarpone cream.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe, check out our sweet corn ice cream recipe and follow the instructions for method 1.
  • You can add a twist to mascarpone ice cream by adding you favorite chopped nuts such as pistachios, peanuts, almonds, etc. Add them at the same time as the fig mixture.
  • No figs on season? Try other fruits, such as mango, peaches, or even apples!

How To Serve It

I like to keep it simple, so I serve this mascarpone ice cream with some chopped pistachios sprinkled on top and fresh figs. But if you want to serve it with other toppings, here are my favs:

  • Chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips.
  • Toasted peanuts or almonds.
  • Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. Or try our cajeta recipe (Mexican caramel).

More frozen desserts

Watch How To Make It

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Mascarpone Ice Cream

Deliciously creamy, this mascarpone ice cream with figs is the ultimate late-summer dessert. The silky and buttery cheese really makes this frozen dessert something worth to try.
PREP 10 minutes
COOK 12 minutes
resting time 12 hours
TOTAL 12 hours 17 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 6
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

For the mascarpone ice cream

  • 9 oz mascarpone cheese (250)
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk (350 ml)
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the fig mixture

  • 9 oz fresh figs (cut into chunks)
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

Make the fig mixture

  • Place the figs in a small sauce pan. Add sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Mix and bring the mixture to boil over medium heat.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes mixing every now and then until it thickens.
  • Remove from heat, let it cool and transfer the mixture to a container with a lid on. Store in fridge for at least 12 hrs.

Make the mascarpone cream mixture

  • In a small sauce pan add the mascarpone, sugar, whole milk and vanilla extract.
  • Turn on the heat to medium and whisk until everything is combined.
  • As soon as the mixture start to boil, turn off heat and let it cool mixing from time to time. Then transfer to a container and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

Make the ice cream

  • Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker. Pour first the mascarpone mixture and once is finish churning add gently the fig mixture and let it churn for a couple of seconds to achieve a swirl-ish texture.
  • Transfer to a freeze-safe container and place it in the freeze for 2-3 hours before serving.

NOTES

  • To make the swirls on ice cream just make sure to not over mix the figs mixture into the mascarpone cream.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe, check out our sweet corn ice cream recipe and follow the instructions for method 1.
  • You can add a twist to mascarpone ice cream by adding you favorite chopped nuts such as pistachios, peanuts, almonds, etc. Add them at the same time as the fig mixture.
  • No figs on season? Try other fruits, such as mango, peaches, or even apples!
Nutrition
Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I am a regular visitor of your website . I can enrich my cooking skill by seeing your blog.in the summer ,icc cream is a amazing desert for everyone.
    you should try Mascarpone ice cream with figs at home .

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