When baking, your dough or batter will usually require an additional liquid ingredient to be mixed in. This is typically milk, but you can use almost anything as long as it does not contain salt. Examples include water, sugar, butter, and even cream cheese!
We are going to take eight ounces of cream cheese and mix it with one cup of any liquid to make it disappear. It’s kind of like how kids say they cannot see the face of the person next to them because their eyes are closed. Only here we are mixing something that normally doesn’t melt into its own liquid so we have to be extra careful.
This recipe has been designated as easy enough for everyone, which means there are no exact measurements. You can choose to measure some things more strictly or less depending on what size bowls you have used before. Just make sure you keep track of all the liquids needed to complete the task!
If you would like to add some flavor to your cream cheese drink, you can always add ingredients such as cinnamon, cocoa powder, and/or berries. Let us get started!
Step by step
Find the settings of your oven where cookies bake. This varies from machine to machine, check the instructions.
Once you know this, turn the heat up until the oven is warm and then bakes the specified amount of time. For our drink recipes, I recommend using a very low temperature of 250°F and bake for two minutes.
History of cream cheese
Once upon a time, people spread cream cheese on bread or toast by pouring it directly from the container into your mixing bowl. This method can be tricky, however! If you don’t have enough cream in your batch, then you will not get a smooth, creamy texture and may even have leftover seltzer!
In fact, this is how professional cream cheese makers start with their recipes. Because they need a very large amount of cream for the needed volume, they use a spacer tool to help them meet that requirement before adding the rest of the ingredients.
This tool is called a butterballer and works like a vacuum pump. As the cream is poured into the butteyballer, some of the liquid is pulled up through an opening and out of the machine as vapor. This way, there is still some liquid left in the bottle when the cream is added and you don’t have to worry about getting dry pieces of cream in the mixture.
If you want to make sure your cream cheese doesn’t taste watered down, invest in one of these tools.
Different varieties of cream cheese
There are many types of cream cheese that you can use in your baking. The most common type is regular cream cheese, but there are several variations on this base!
Thickened cream cheeses like Neufchatel or soft spread cream cheese are better used as toppings rather than being mixed into recipes. They are great for using onto toast or vegetables before eating them!
Smooth cream cheese is perfect to be spread onto bread and baked along with the rest of the recipe. It will melt slightly during cooking, creating an extra flavor layer!
8 oz (225 g) cream cheese
Tablespoons (15 ml) sour cream
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
Set aside 1/4 cup (50 grams) cream cheese and mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until it forms small pieces. Add half of mixture to dry ingredient mixture and stir to combine. Repeat process with second half of cream cheese and put both mixtures in separate bowls.
How to choose cream cheese
There are several types of cream cheese that people often get mixed up with. They may contain gelatin or not, and some have sugar added while others do not. The amount of flavorings also varies by brand.
To make sure you know what kind of cream cheese you have, read the labels! If it has stabilizers like gellatin or leucine then it is probably soft cream cheese. It will set and melt at warmer temperatures than hard cream cheeses.
Hard cream cheese does not go bad but its flavor can fade as it melts down in use. Some of our favorites include creamy butter-style cream cheese and tangy white cheddar style cream cheese.
Store cream cheese
While most people buy cream cheese in containers that are one cup or less, it is very expensive per ounce! One oz. of regular cream cheese can cost over $2!
That is why it is important to keep your refrigerator organized. When you get an empty container for cream cheese, put some tape around the top to prevent it from sticking and fill the container all the way up.
This helps preserve the freshness and flavor of the cream cheese. If the plastic wrap gets messy, cut a new piece you can reuse later.
Never heat cream cheese in its own wrapper as this will cause it to melt and stick to the pan. This could also burn and ruin the cream cheese. Best to use a plate or other vessel to do this in.
Sleekyware recommends either buying a tall glass jar with a lid or using a lidded bowl as your new favorite container for the cream cheese.
Soft cream cheese
While most people know that plain old regular cream cheese is great in things like sandwiches, it can be tricky to have enough left over for your recipes!
Luckily, there are ways to use up all of that leftover cream cheese. One way is by melting it and adding it to other foods as an ingredient. It will even take the place of salted butter when baking, which makes it perfect if you’re trying to reduce your intake of saturated fat.
Another option is to mix it into something else as a spread or dip. You can add some flavorings and ingredients to it and then stick it in the fridge so it sets and keeps better.
Medium cream cheese
When baking, your dough or batter will need enough fat to help it feel smooth and come together properly. Most recipes call for just using butter as the fat, but you can instead use cream cheese!
One eight-ounce package of cream cheese will give you enough spread to make one batch of pretzels or twelve 1/2 cup batches of cheesy bread. Just be sure to mix in an adequate amount of water so that the mixture is not hard when you add the salt!
**Note: Make sure to wash your mixing spoon well after each usage because cream cheese has a tendency to stick to plasticware.**
Avoid using pre-packaged cream cheese at all cost – it is often full of additives and preservatives. Many brands also pack their cream cheese in containers with gaskets that don’t dry out and soak up excess moisture, which may solidify later.
Hard cream cheese
While most people know that regular cream cheese is soft, some hard cream cheeses are much harder! These are not spreadable like your average block cream cheese either, they are thick and consistency of butter.
These types of cream cheese are usually made with milk that has been heated and set aside until it solidifies. Then, the fat in the milk solidifies, creating a denser cream cheese than usual.
Some popular varieties of hard cream cheese include:
Thousand Island Dressing – may contain raw onions or other ingredients which cause it to go bad more quickly
– may contain raw onions or other ingredients which cause it to go bad more quickly Havarti Style Cheez-It®s – these are famous for having crunchy bits within the cream cheese
– these are famous for having crunchy bits within the cream cheese Camembert – this one is very well known and loved due to its sweet flavor
While many people enjoy eating hard cream cheese as an appetizer, we suggest trying it in different recipes instead. For example, try it as a topping for toast, on bagels, or use it in baking.