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Marscapone substitute?

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?

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  1. You can try whipping some cream cheese with sour cream.

    1. Try I can't believe it's not Mascarpone!

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. Depending on what you're using it for, ricotta might work but could end up grainy in the wrong thing.

            1. I don't know where else this is available, but what they sell as "Creole Cream Cheese" tastes exactly the same as mascarpone to me. I think if you can't find that, your best substitute depends on what you're making... I'd say either cream cheese or ricotta or creme fraiche are all good ones to use, depending on what the recipe looks like.

              1. Depending on your recipe, greek yogurt, which is thicker than traditional, might be a good sub.

                1. cream cheese, without a doubt, marscapone is gorgeous yes but expensive too. i always use cream chesse when marscapone is called for, use icing sugar to sweeten , its my best cheap cheat!!

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                  1. re: bakingcupcakegirl

                    How about using cream cheese in tiramisu or crème fraiche in tiramisu? I was thinking of using Giada's tiramisu recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

                    What do you all think about that as a mascarpone substitute?

                    1. re: Tehama

                      Tehama, cream cheese will definately work as a suitable sub but the OP is from 2007.