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Turkish substitute for Mascarpone?

The closest Turkish equivalent is kaymak (pronounced like guy-mac but with a k, accent on the second syllable). It is reasonably well available in Turkish mini-marts, although the only available brand ...
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Can I use cream cheese in a sauce?

Yes, you can. The taste will be obviously different, but I don't expect any consequence that would make it unpalatable to the average person. You would be better off if you start with softened cream ...
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Homemade cream cheese

Cream cheese is a distinct product, with a flavour and texture of its own. I don't think you'd get the right texture by crumbling paneer into yoghurt, but if you can make paneer you can make cream ...
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Does Boursin cheese always contain garlic?

The 'standard' Boursin flavour is garlic and herbs, which I would imagine would have to contain garlic, or they'd be in trouble for false advertising. However, these days they also produce other ...
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What is the difference between cream cheese and sour cream?

There are differences in base ingredients, as well as in the method used for production. The production of cream cheese starts with milk (or a mixture of milk and cream), which is curdled after which ...
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Are baked recipes containing cream cheese safe at room temp?

Your question is not really answerable. Also, it is based on quite a few misconcceptions about how food safety works. remembered i've made cookies with cream cheese in them... You seem to think ...
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Homemade cream cheese

Couldn't find cream cheese when I lived in Korea in the 1990's. This is what I did. Get cream that is at least 18% butter fat or higher. Ferment with yogurt cultures, 3 to 5 days the same as yogurt. ...
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Can I substitute quark (40%) for cream cheese in basque burnt cheesecake recipe?

When using quark instead of cream cheese, the main issue is that quark is overall “wetter” - especially when the recipe uses US cream cheese, which is pretty much a “brick” compared to the (same brand)...
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What N+ stands for in French and Dutch descriptions of a spread / cream cheese?

The edited question gives three numbers. 23.5 grams / 24.7% fat This is the percentage of fat by weight. V.G / M.G: 70% M.G. is an abbreviation for matières grasses (i.e. fat: think of foie gras!)...
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In a cheesecake, what’s the purpose of creaming the cream cheese and sugar?

You are not creaming the cream cheese and sugar. "Cream" means to beat butter and sugar until you have incorporated a lot of air. "Mix cream cheese and sugar" means just that, get a homogenous mixture....
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In a cheesecake, what’s the purpose of creaming the cream cheese and sugar?

Creaming the cream cheese (fat) and the sugar grinds the sugar crystals making them smaller and also puts air in the globules of fat. Later when you bake the final mixture the air pockets expand ...
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Shelf life of refrigerated cream cheese - unclear best before date

You open it: The best before date is merely a guideline, it does not mean the food will be bad after that date (there are posts on this site that expand on this). Still, after almost an extra year, ...
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Is it possible to get American-style cream cheese in the UK?

The best way to 'get cream cheese' is to make cream cheese, fortunately it isn't difficult. Here is a great video detailing how you can make cream cheese yourself with whole milk (full-fat) milk and ...
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Why is my cream cheese frosting so soft?

There are 3 ways to approach this without changing the flavor of your frosting: Add cornstarch or arrowroot Add gelatin powder or sheets Add Xanthan or Guar gum However, as you are adding far less ...
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Can I use cottage cheese instead of cream cheese when making a cheesecake?

Short answer: Probably. However, there is one thing to keep in mind is that cottage cheese usually has a higher sodium content than cream cheese. Also to get a smoother blend faster try an immersion ...
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Can I use cream cheese in a sauce?

I frequently use Cream Cheese in situations like this, but I would generally go for one of the Garlic and Herb or Chive flavoured ones (If using Philadelphia itself.) Alternatively, Lidl and Aldi do, ...
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Is it possible to freeze Eggplant Parmesan? If so, better to freeze before or after baking?

I have had success breading eggplant and freezing it raw. You can then fry the eggplant (no need to even thaw) when it is time to construct your dish. With a little pre-prepared sauce in the freezer ...
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