Closeup of mascarpone in a white bowl.
The Simple Step To Make Mascarpone A Perfect Heavy Cream Substitute
By Giulia Thompson
The next time you’re in need of a substitute for heavy cream, resist the urge to combine butter and milk. Instead, reach for a tub of thick and fluffy mascarpone.
Mascarpone is an Italian cheese that’s made by blending cream and vinegar or lemon juice. Made similarly to ricotta, mascarpone is much smoother and creamier.
Mascarpone is a good heavy cream substitute due to its similar fat content. It contains at least 44% fat (but up to 75%) and heavy cream contains between 36% and 40% fat.
To swap heavy cream with mascarpone, use it in a 1:1 ratio. Use it as is if you want your recipe to be thick, but add a little milk if you need to thin it out.
Adding milk depends on whether you’re using it at a hot or cold temperature. Mixing with milk is recommended for cold dishes, but not for hot dishes since the mascarpone will melt.