What is a substitute for mascarpone cheese?

  • I've found mascarpone cheese can be pricey. What would be a good (in taste and price) substitute?

    The specific application would be for a dessert with peaches and mascarpone, using this recipe: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/peaches-with-mascarpone

    technically speaking, is mascarpone a cheese?

  • hobodave

    hobodave Correct answer

    10 years ago

    I found a highly rated mascarpone cheese substitute recipe on food.com. I haven't personally tried it, but it's highly rated on that site, and is ridiculously simple.

    • 1 16 oz block of cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

    • Blend until smooth

    Try it and let us know? :)

    That is definitely quite like mascarpone! I went ahead and bought mascarpone, despite the cost, as a special treat for some guests. I also mixed up some of this substitute. VERY similar. In fact, my husband didn't like the actual mascarpone b/c he said it tasted like cream cheese.

    @JustRightMenus: Great! I'm glad it worked for you. I'll make sure to use this if I ever need to sub mascarpone.

    I made tiramisu using fat free cream cheese and fat free sour cream in place of the marscapone (I did use the heavy whipping cream) and it turned out great.

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