Can you substitute mascarpone cheese for cream cheese?? More details below...
This is a banana bread recipe I've done before but this time I want to try to substitute mascarpone cheese for cream cheese this time. I have a family member that oddly thinks cream cheese isn't real cheese (I know it's real LOL). It is a close enough consistency correct? https://therecipecritic.com/cinnamon-swirl-cream-cheese-banana-bread/
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I got mixed results on this substitution when I looked for information.
On the one hand, my reliable food substitutions bible lists mascarpone as one of the possible replacements for cream cheese.
On the other, when I compare fat percentage, the mascarpone is about twice as much as the cream cheese (60 to 75% compared to 33%).
Not sure, and have only used mascarpone instead of cream cheese as a spread, not in baking.
Since the cream cheese in this recipe is used to make a creamy center (not integrated into the cake batter), I might cut the amounts in half to accommodate the higher fat of the mascarpone. Thus, 2 oz mascarpone, 2 tbsp sugar and half a beaten egg or only the yolk.
That way, you'll get a hint of the creaminess, but not be overwhelmed by it.
But, if you like, use the full amounts and see what you get.