Substitutes For Sour Cream In Cheesecake
Cheesecakes are usually made with sour cream, it is one of the major ingredients that give cheesecake that lovely taste and texture you see and experience when eating your cheesecake. But it’s not every time that a cook has access to every single ingredient needed for a particular recipe, one of such cases is with cheesecake and sour cream. In this I would be outlining the best substitutes for sour cream in. cheesecake. Substitutes that would not only replace sour cream with no issues at all but also provide even better nutritional benefits you’d want from the cheesecake.
There are so many reasons for which you are searching for a cheesecake sour cream substitute, it could be that you ran out of sour cream in the kitchen, do not really enjoy sour cream or you just want to experiment with something new and different in your cheesecake, because cooks I know typically experiment with things, that’s how we invent new recipes. Whatever the reason may be, this article has a list of all the viable sour cream substitute for cheesecake that you might be in need of.
Without any further ado, let’s dive into the list of substitutes for sour cream in cheesecake.
Cheesecake Sour Cream Substitute
- Greek Yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is a type of yoghurt that is made by removing the whey and every other liquid contained in the milk and leaving just purely concentrated milk forming the yogurt. It is the reason it is also called concentrated yoghurt. It is a very great substitute for sour cream in your cheesecake when baking. Greek Yoghurt is equally sour in taste which makes it very similar in taste to sour cream. As a result of this similarity, there won’t be much(if any) deviation from either the taste or texture of your cheesecake when you substitute greek yoghurt for sour cream. The best part about using greek yoghurt as a replacement for sour cream is that you can use equal amount of greek yogurt to replace the exact same quantity of sour cream.
- Heavy Cream
Heavy whipping cream is a dairy product that is obtained when the cream is pasteurized and homogenized. During this process, the cream is heated and high levels of pressure are applied to help kill pathogens, improve stability, and extend shelf life. Heavy whipping cream can be used to do a lot of things like making butter and whipped cream, and also used to make beverages. Heavy whipping cream is a good source of calcium and phosphorus which are needed by the body to have healthy bones. It contains useful vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and Vitamin K, all of which improve your health. It also contains choline which is needed for early brain development and metabolism. All these information about the nutritious content of heavy cream are of no use unless heavy cream can be used as a substitute for sour cream in cheesecake. Yes, heavy cream makes a really great substitute for sour cream when baking cheesecakes. Heavy cream is definitely sweet tasting unlike sour cream but asides that difference in taste, it does make a good thick substitutes for sour cream in cheesecake. You also need to use same quantity of heavy cream to substitute for sour cream as they are not different in quantity.
- Crème Fraiche
Creme fraiche is a type of soured cream that originates from France, hence the French sounding name. It is very much similar to sour cream because they both have same pH(acidity) of 4.5 as a result same sour taste. The major difference between creme fraiche and sour cream is that creme fraiche is thicker than sour cream and usually contains up to 40% of butterfat which makes it a bit more nutritious depending on what you are looking for. All of these makes creme fraiche one of the most popular and most recommended sour cream substitutes for cheesecake and a few other recipes.
You can use the same quantity of creme fraiche to replace sour cream in your cheesecake recipe and have the best result.
- Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is made from skimmed milk during the process of cheese making. Cottage cheese is a dairy product that has a non-homogenous texture, it also has very mild taste and flavour to it. It is actually an excellent substitute for sour cream when baking your cheesecake because Cottage cheese is rich in protein, relatively low in fat, and high in calcium(good for the bones), B vitamins, and vitamin A. Its high protein concentration makes it a very healthy alternative for sour cream. What you also want in your cheesecake is the creaminess of whatever cream used in making the cheesecake and cottage cheese offers that perfectly as well.
Whatever alternatives for sour cream you choose from the above list of substitutes for sour cream in cheesecake, you can never go wrong with them because they are the most closely related substituting ingredients out there you could employ when baking.
In the following section, I would answer some of the most frequently asked questions about substituting sour cream when baking cheesecakes. Some of these questions were submitted by newbie cooks and bakers and we would go deep into answering them.
FAQs About Sour Cream Substitutes In Cheesecakes
Can i substitute greek yogurt for sour cream in cheesecake?
Yes, you can substitute greek yoghurt for sour cream in cheesecake because greek yoghurt has all the liquid/whey extracted out of it hence the natural thickness. This makes it the perfect substitute for sour cream when baking cheesecakes.
Can you substitute greek yogurt for sour cream in cheesecake?
Yes you can substitute greek yogurt for sour cream in cheesecake because greek yogurt has all the liquid/whey extracted out of it hence the natural thickness. This makes it the perfect substitute for sour cream when baking cheesecakes.
Can you substitute yogurt for sour cream in cheesecake?
Yes you can substitute yogurt for sour cream in cheesecake but not all kinds of yogurt, only greek yogurt is recommended as a great substitute for sour cream in cheesecake, always go for greek yogurt.
What can i substitute for sour cream in cheesecake?
You can substitute greek yoghurt, creme fraiche, cottage cheese, heavy cream for sour cream in cheesecake. All of these make excellent replacements for sour cream and that’s why we have them on this list.
Can i substitute heavy cream for sour cream in cheesecake?
Yes you can substitute heavy cream for sour cream in cheesecake because heavy cream has that right thickness and consistency you get in sour cream, it is usually sweeter than sour cream but it does make an excellent substitute for sour cream in cheesecake.
Can you omit sour cream for cheesecake?
Yes you can omit sour cream for cheesecake long as you’d be using any good alternative like creme fraiche, greek yoghurt, heavy cream or cottage cheese. With these substitutes, you could omit sour cream in cheesecake and still produce an excellent result.
Can I use cream instead of sour cream in cheesecake?
For the best result in your cheesecake, cream is not a recommended substitute you could use instead of sour cream, the recommended substitutes you could use instead of sour cream in cheesecake are creme fraiche, greek yoghurt, heavy cream and cottage cheese.
Is cheesecake better with sour cream or heavy cream?
Cheesecake is better with heavy cream if you want a sweeter and less tangy/sour cheesecake taste. But if you want the traditional tangy taste and feeling you get from your cheesecake then it is better to go with sour cream because it brings that tanginess in full.
Can yogurt replace sour cream in cheesecake?
Yes yogurt can replace sour cream in cheesecake but not all kinds of yogurts, only greek yogurt is recommended as a great replacement for sour cream in cheesecake, always go for greek yogurt.
Which is better for cheesecake sour cream or yogurt?
Sour cream cheesecake tastes better than yogurt cheesecake if you prefer the traditional and well appreciated tanginess of cream sour in your cheesecake, but if you want something less tangy but still great then greek yogurt cheesecake would taste better.