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cream cheese/neufchatel questions

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kat.'s picture
kat.

cream cheese/neufchatel questions

I need to use several boxes of neufchatel cheese (was a bargain I just could NOT pass up!). Would really like to use it in bread, but don't want to do the usual filled bread.


Can I use neufchatel in place of butter/oil  in bread? Or as part of the liquid? I've got a quick bread that uses cream cheese/neufchatel as a main ingredient, so I'd like to try something similar for a yeast bread. Hmmm...I could convert a quick bread to a yeast bread using baker's percentage, couldn't I?


 


Thanks,


 


kat.

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Floydm

I've never tried using cream cheese as a replacement for other fats, but I can think of a few things I'd try if I had an excess of cream cheese.  


The blueberry cream cheese bread here is always a hit and can easily be adapted for whatever kind of berry or fruit you have in your freezer.  Cream cheese snails are a bit more work but delicious.  And if those are too much work, I'd consider sweetening the cheese with vanilla and a little sugar and then rolling it up in a slightly sweet dough.  There is a Chinese bakery in the shopping center with An Dong on 82nd Avenue that sells a bread like that that everyone in my family loves.


Bagels are a good option too.  And you can experiment with mixing the cream cheese up with veggies, herbs, or spices like cinnamon and sugar to make some tasty schmears.


Have fun.


 


 

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kat.

Thanks for the suggestions.  I've done the filled bread thing (and really like it) - really looking for non-filled bread using cream cheese/neufchatel, though.


 


kat.

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mimifix

Hi kat, you're right that some recipes use cream cheese in place of butter/oil. I've done this with pound cake, cookies, brownies, and quickbreads. I imagine that it would also be great in a rich sweet yeast dough. And to add Floyd's suggestion, perhaps fill the sweet dough with a cream cheese filling. Yum!


Mimi

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plevee

Isn't a straight swap for cream cheese; it has approximately 2/3 the fat content so it won't give the same results in baked goods.

kat.'s picture
kat.

Yes, that's true.  I like it because it has less fat, but realize it's not an exact substitute for cream cheese.  Have to do some thinking on this...


 


kat.