Substitute for Mascarpone in Tiramisu | Ask (2024)

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Its very difficult to find mascarpone here in Bangladesh, can I use cream cheese instead of mascarpone for my tiramisu? Can you also suggest a good recipe for tiramisu without using any alcohol? Is it possible to use something like digestive biscuits or sponge cake instead of Italian biscuits? If tiramisu is made with raw eggs is it going to smell eggy? Thank you.

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Mascarpone is a cream cheese with a high fat content and a slightly sweet taste. It is difficult to find a substitute and regular cream cheese has a lower fat content and a more acidic flavour. However you could try beating together 225g (8 ounces) full fat cream cheese with 60ml (4 tablespoons/1/4 cup) double or whipping cream and 30g (1 ounce/2 tablespoons) softened unsalted butter until just blended. This will give the equivalent of around 300g (10 ounces/1 1/4 cups) mascarpone.

Instead of the Italian Savoyardi (ladyfingers/sponge fingers) a vanilla or plain sponge cake would be the best choice. Try to use a cake with a fairly close texture such as a Madiera or pound cake. Slice the cake and leave it on a wire rack to dry out for a day or two so that when it is dipped into the coffee mixture it absorbs liquid without breaking up too much.

You can replace the alcohol with extra coffee or you can use orange juice instead. The raw eggs should not give a bad smell but we would like to mention that in warm climates any dishes with raw or lightly cooked eggs should be refrigerated very quickly and and be kept refrigerated until needed. Also dishes containing raw eggs should not be given to small children, the elderly or anyone with a weakened immune system due to the risk of salmonella.

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Can I use ricotta cheese in place of mascarpone? ›

In a pinch, yes. They're both soft cheeses with a delicate flavour and an Italian name, but they have significant differences you should be aware of before attempting a substitution: Ricotta contains a lot more water than mascarpone (feels lighter) Mascarpone contains a lot more fat than ricotta (feels heavier, richer)

Can I use normal cream cheese instead of mascarpone? ›

Yes, cream cheese makes a great substitute for mascarpone. There are two methods to substitute mascarpone: Substitute 1 cup of mascarpone with 1 cup of a cream cheese and whipping cream mixture. To make this mixture, use 1/4 cup of cream for every 8 oz.

What is a good substitute for ricotta cheese in tiramisu? ›

Mascarpone. For any sweet recipe, this is a great substitution – cannoli, tiramisu, cheesecake — the sky's the limit. Mascarpone's mild, sweet notes will elevate any dessert. You may need to thin it out a bit, but that's no big deal — just drizzle in some cream and whisk until you get it where you want it to be.

Should mascarpone be cold or room temp for tiramisu? ›

Also for the Tiramisini recipe the mascarpone does not need to be at room temperature, you can just leave it out of the fridge for a couple of minutes to soften slightly as it softens very quickly. If the mascarpone is warm then it is actually easier to over whisk it.

What can I use instead of mascarpone in tiramisu? ›

The Best Mascarpone Cheese Substitute

To make this mascarpone substitute, mix together 12 ounces of room temperature cream cheese (1 ½ blocks) with ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream and ¼ cup of sour cream until combined.

Which is healthier, mascarpone or ricotta? ›

Ricotta, made from milk and whey, is a much lighter alternative to cook and bake with; it has about half the calories and fat of mascarpone.

Is mascarpone cheese the same as cream cheese in tiramisu? ›

Our answer. Mascarpone is a cream cheese with a high fat content and a slightly sweet taste. It is difficult to find a substitute and regular cream cheese has a lower fat content and a more acidic flavour.

Which is better for you cream cheese or mascarpone? ›

No, mascarpone cheese is not healthier than cream cheese as it contains 25% more fat than cream cheese. Yet mascarpone cheese is only preferred for its extra smooth texture. You can use cream cheese and mascarpone cheese for salty and sweet dishes.

Is mascarpone similar to heavy cream? ›

Substituting Mascarpone for Heavy Cream

Often referred to as mascarpone cheese, this thick dairy product has a fat content of about 44%. It's made in a similar way to sour cream and crème fraîche, but is much sweeter and thicker by comparison. It makes a great substitute and you can use it in soups, stews, and sauces.

What can I use in tiramisu instead of Kahlua? ›

If you are looking for an alcohol-free option I would suggest omitting the Kahlua entirely from the coffee mixture and replacing it with coffee in the mascarpone mixture.

How do I substitute Marsala in tiramisu? ›

🍷Alcoholic Substitutes for Marsala Wine
  1. Madeira Wine. Madeira Wine is a top choice for a Marsala wine substitute due to its similar taste profile. ...
  2. Dry Sherry. Dry Sherry, especially varieties like Amontillado or Pedro Ximenez, brings a flavor similar to Marsala with a touch of nuttiness. ...
  3. Port Wine. ...
  4. Red Vermouth.
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What do Italians use instead of ricotta? ›

Mascarpone: Another Italian cheese, mascarpone makes a great ricotta substitute. However, since mascarpone is more tart and flavorful, you should only use it in dishes with other strong flavors.

What not to do when making tiramisu? ›

Roberto Lestani, who for the occasion revealed to us the 3 mistakes not to make to prepare a stunning tiramisu!
  1. 1: excessively whipping the mascarpone! ...
  2. 2: once together, don't immediately mix the yolks and sugar! ...
  3. 3: Neglect stratification!
Jun 16, 2020

Why is my tiramisu watery? ›

The other main reasons the mixture would be runny is if other liquid ingredients have been added first, or if the mascarpone has been beaten so much that it has curdled (then you will get water separating out from the cheese curds).

Should tiramisu sit overnight? ›

Chill your tiramisu for at least 6 hours.

As it sits, the ladyfingers soften and absorb the moisture and flavor from the cream. When ready to serve, grate more chocolate over the top (because why not), and then enjoy!

What is a substitute for mascarpone in lasagna? ›

Cream cheese, ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, or a combination of heavy cream and cream cheese can be used as alternatives in recipes that call for mascarpone. These substitutes may slightly alter the taste and texture of the dish but can work well in a pinch.

Is ricotta or mascarpone better for cheesecake? ›

Mascarpone cheese is similar to cream cheese but more rich. And the ricotta creates a light and fluffy texture and offsets the richness. It's the perfect combination of cheeses to elevate your cheesecake. To further level-up this cheesecake, this recipe incorporates a crust made with granola bars!

Can I substitute ricotta cheese for cream cheese? ›

Ricotta works well within the full spectrum of baked goods, so as long as you're using your imagination, you'll never run out of ideas for putting it to use. The bottom line is: If a baked good calls for cream cheese, then it can be substituted for ricotta.

How to substitute ricotta cheese? ›

In This Article:
  1. Cottage Cheese.
  2. Greek Yogurt.
  3. Cream Cheese.
  4. Sour Cream.
  5. Crème Fraiche.
  6. Silken or Firm Tofu.
  7. Fresh Goat Cheese.
  8. Mascarpone.
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