- sheilal Oct 22, 2007 09:42 AM
I cannot find this available locally. I don't have time to order it via online. What is a good or passable substitute for it?
Sheila I don't know where in Birmingham you are but I did a bit of looking on Google and came up with: TRIA Market • SoHo Square • 1831 28th Avenue S. Suite #110 • Homewood, AL • (205) 776-8923 Hours Open Monday - Saturday 6:30am to 9:00pm | Open Sunday 8:00am - 8:00pm http://www.birminghammenus.com/tria/f... They say they have a full service cheese counter - which I expect would mean they have mascarpone. HTH
Although it is a slightly different flavor, you could sub creme fraiche with pretty good results. As long as you can get cream and buttermilk (16:1) you can make creme fraiche. Add a T of buttermilk for every cup of cream, cover and let sit out at room temp until thickened.
This works well in savory and sweet recipes. When using it for a dessert, I often add it to softly whipped cream along with a little sugar and vanilla extract.
You could make mascarpone too, but you'll need tartaric acid. It also is a bit more finicky than cf -think crystals/finely ground glass...ick.
Depending on what you're using it for, ricotta might work but could end up grainy in the wrong thing.