Cream, also known as known as the cream or crème, is the heavy layer of milk that lies on the surface of the milk which can be removed from the milk by the centrifugal action of gravity. Cream recipe recommend using it for its heavy butter content which lends a thickness to the dish prepared apart from infusing it with a natural sweetness that comes from the milk. The cream is generally categorized according to its butter content and is labeled as heavy or light accordingly. The yellowish semi solid product tends to collect on the surface of the milk and contains a number of coagulated proteins apart from the fat.
Culinary Uses of Cream
It is used with tea and coffee to thicken the beverage and enhance the taste. Milkshakes also contain a good amount.
A simple cream recipe consists of fruits served with the clotted variety with strawberry in cream being a famous and popular dish that tastes delicious.
Simple vegetable dishes particularly those cooked in the Northern part of India make use of a cream recipe which is characterized by a unique flavor.
Kneading dough with cream helps to make it soft and this cream recipe is used for baking milk breads and soft cookies as well.
Addition of cream is an absolute must when it comes to cakes and puddings.
Types of Cream
Light- The lighter form cannot be whipped or used as a topping for desserts. It can however be added to hot beverages.
Double - A pure form without any additives it consists of almost 48% fat.
Thickened & Reduced Fat- Usually contains a lesser amount of fat than the rich double variety but the thickened version contains a number of additives including gelatin, vegetable gum and other agents. It can be used for a cream recipe that requires whipping the cream thoroughly.
Clotted /Scalded Variety- Contains a high percentage of fat and has a slightly carmelized taste. It is ideal for used as a filling in desserts and many risotto dishes make use of the clotted form too while eating it along with fresh fruits is considered to be a delicacy.
Crème Fraiche- Lactic acid is added to the ordinary cream in order to create a tart and acidic taste which is much more subtle.
Reduced Fat- Available in cans, the reduced fat variety contains only 21% fat and is ideal for weight watchers.
Buying and Storing
Health Benefits of Cream