An Italian cow's cheese made with cream, and mixed with an acid, like lemon juice or vinegar. After denaturation, whey is removed without pressing or aging. Mascarpone is milky-white in color and is easily spread. When fresh, it smells like milk and cream. It is a main ingredient of tiramasu and has been in production since the 16th century. A favorite when sweetened spooned over berries or mixed with coffee.