Lemon Mascarpone Fruit Dip is a three ingredient fruit dip recipe that tastes like lemon cheesecake in a dish!
So simple to make this easy lemon fruit dip made of only a few ingredients is so versatile with many uses from breakfast to dessert.
Cheesecake fruit dip
Fruit dips are really any sweet sauce that goes with fruit. Chocolate ganache, caramel sauce and more are all classic fruit dip recipes. There’s also classic cream cheese fruit dip, fruit dip with yogurt, and even a super sweet, but also so yum, fruit dip with marshmallow fluff or cool whip.
But this easy cheesecake fruit dip recipe is the best sweet dip recipe made of only lemon curd, mascarpone cheese and fresh lemon juice.
The bright lemon flavor is a perfect accompaniment for sweet fruit, especially in spring.
- Lemon curd – lemon curd is simply a mixture of egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice and zest. There are all sorts of different curd recipes like the cranberry curd used in this No Bake Cranberry Cream Pie. Lemon curd is really not difficult to make at home and if you have a lemon curd recipe you can substitute homemade in this lemon curd dessert. Or use store bought lemon curd instead. Or you can purchase jarred lemon curd at grocery stores nationwide. There are all sorts of uses for and recipes using lemon curd so once you buy it you’ll have no problems figuring out what to do with lemon curd.
- Mascarpone – sometimes mispronounced marscarpone cheese, mascarpone cheese is a creamy cheese similar to american cream cheese but it’s high butterfat content makes it much more decadent, luscious and velvety than cream cheese. Cream cheese may be substituted for mascarpone for cost or convenience purposes though.
- Lemon juice – fresh squeezed lemon juice adds not only an extra fresh pop of brightness to this cheesecake dip it also loosens the mascarpone to make it extra smooth and dippable.
- Confectioners sugar – optional, to taste. Lemon curd is very sweet but the mascarpone cheese is not sweet. After whipping ingredients taste and sweeten with confectioners sugar if desired.
Step by step instructions
- Whisk lemon curd and mascarpone cheese with fresh lemon juice until smooth.
- Sweeten to taste with confectioners sugar, optional.
- Swirl in some extra lemon curd to garnish.
- Pour into serving dish.
How to serve
As an accompaniment it’s perfect to serve Lemon Mascarpone Dip for fruit platters with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and more. Or serve this mascarpone cream recipe as a traditional cheesecake dip. Served with graham crackers, puff pastry donuts, churros, scones, biscotti and shortbread cookies.
This fruit dip recipe makes a great addition to a sweet Dessert Charcuterie Board. Or use this luscious lemon cream as a filling for cakes, crepes and stuffed french toast like this Blackberries and Cream Croissant French Toast Bake.
How to store
This mascarpone recipe will keep in the fridge for up to 6 days when stored tightly covered. But should be used within three days for best flavor. Mascarpone cheese shelf life is 6-8 days and lemon curd shelf life is 30 days once opened.
- ¼ cup lemon curd
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar optional, to taste
- Place lemon curd and mascarpone cheese in a large bowl. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Using a mixer or by hand whisk lemon curd, mascarpone cheese and lemon juice until completely smooth.
- Sweeten to taste with confectioners sugar.
- Garnish the top of the lemon dip with a swirl of lemon curd.
- Store refrigerated.