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Is there any other cheese which can be used in cheesecake other than cream cheese? Unfortunaltely cream cheese is not available where I live. Thank you!
Posted by pankhuri. Answered on 16th May 2012 at 12.00
Cream cheese is a soft cheese with a fat content of around 33%. It is particularly popular for cheescakes as it gives a smooth texture and although it may be seen as a "sweet" cheese it has a very slightly acidic tang which helps to stop cheesecakes from tasting too cloying. Probably the closest substitute is mascarpone though this has a fat content of 40% and doesn't have the same acidic tang as cream cheese, so will give a very rich cheesecake.
Otherwise a curd cheese would be a possible alternative. The type of curd cheese needed for a cheesecake is the firm type, such as quark, farmer cheese or paneer, and not the type with small curds, such as cottage cheese. However these cheeses have a much lower fat content, typically 20% or below, so they may not give the best flavour or texture if used as a straight substitute for cream cheese. Instead we would suggest making a cheesecake from a recipe specifically uses curd cheese. Nigella's Old Fashioned Cheesecake from Kitchen (p173) would be a good one to try.
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