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Old 08-07-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question Use Neufchatel cheese for cheesecake?

was planning to make a cheesecake today for a get together tomorrow, came home from the grocery store and realized I got neufchatal cheese, can I use this in place of cream cheese?

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Old 08-07-2010, 04:57 PM   #2
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Absolutely, and you'll be getting less fat in the bargain!
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:31 PM   #3
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Awesome Thank-you so much
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Awesome Thank-you so much
You're very welcome!
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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Okay, here's my take on this question. Yes, you could use neufchatel cheese in place of cream cheese, but why would you? Cheesecake is meant to be a "special occasion" dessert and the richness of the cream cheese is what makes cheesecake something you want to savor. A cheesecake with neufchatel will only be average, and I wouldn't waste my time. Please keep in mind though, that I'm a cheesecake fanatic, having won a blue ribbon at the Orange County Fair for mine. No offense meant to anyone.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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Geez, I just re-read my post and it sounds arrogant and like I'm bragging. That was definitely not my intention. My apologies to all.
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Okay, here's my take on this question. Yes, you could use neufchatel cheese in place of cream cheese, but why would you? Cheesecake is meant to be a "special occasion" dessert and the richness of the cream cheese is what makes cheesecake something you want to savor. A cheesecake with neufchatel will only be average, and I wouldn't waste my time. Please keep in mind though, that I'm a cheesecake fanatic, having won a blue ribbon at the Orange County Fair for mine. No offense meant to anyone.
I agree that a cheesecake is an indulgence. I once had a friend that often made diet low fat, low sugar cheesecakes. And I figure why bother. Just make a different low fat dessert. Cheesecake is supposed to be fattening!
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why use Neufchatel cheese for cheesecake? well, it was what the OP had to use.

I regularly use soft fresh cheeses; Neufchatel, chevre, and ricotta, for cheesecakes so that is what I also have on hand to make cheesecakes. I find that these fresh soft cheeses benefit from an extra bump in the flavoring and the addition of a lump of butter. For the flavorings, I have used extra pure vanilla, almond extract and lemon or orange oil, with wonderful results.
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Cheesecake made with neufchatel can be every bit as delicious as with cream cheese. I've used it for years in anything that calls for cream cheese and we love it. Taste is a matter of opinion and we all have those.
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Ditto to Beth.....

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why use Neufchatel cheese for cheesecake? well, it was what the OP had to use.
It's always amusing to me when people ignore the intent of the post.
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