Mascarpone Cheese Recipe Wanted
I just bought some mascarpone cheese to use in a brownie recipe and I find myself with about a half a cup leftover and since I don't want to let it go to waste I was wondering if anyone had any favorite recipes for a cookie or a bar that I could use it in. Also, could I also use it as a cream cheese substitute for such as recipe. Thanks.
Use it in a tiramisu recipe - just alter the recipe to adjust to how much mascarpone you have.
Here's a list of ingredients to my favorite tiramisu, but you can do a plain one also with just coffee, no liquor and it's still a good Tiramisu recipe. With 1/2 cup of mascarpone, I would alter the measures in the recipe below to 1/6th.
Strong coffee, IMO, is expresso - you can buy a one brew size at any grocery store. Or, buy a cup of Starbuck's dark blend coffee already made. Also, you can skip the expresso powder if you want.
2 1/2 cups strong black coffee, room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
6 tablespoons Frangelico
5 tablespoons dark rum
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 pounds mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest , minced
3/4 cup heavy cream (cold)
14 ounces ladyfingers (42 to 60, depending on size)
3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa , preferably Dutch-processed
1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate , grated (optional)
I can't quote the whole recipe legally. So, just find technique on any tiramisu recipe.
Can you use it as a cream cheese substitue?
Well, yes because the texture is relatively the same and they are both cream. But, the flavor would be a little different because cream cheese is a little more tart/tangy tasting.
You can also use it as a substitue in French recipes calling for creme fraiche. Just thin it a little.
You can use the mascarpone to make creamy gravies or hot soups instead of cream - Like, make a steak, deglaze the pan with some wine (or broth) and stir in some mascarpone and spices.
Mascarpone is good in macaroni and cheese, creamed veggies, blender in with roasted veggies to make a veggie dip. It's just sooo creamy good.
Also, whip it good and use as a spread with jam on scones/muffins, bagels, etc.
Make a dish of polenta for yourself, and pour it into a bowl. Plop the mascarpone in the middle, and top all that with freshly cracked pepper. Incredible. One of my favorite comfort food dishes of all time, and I stole the idea from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco.