The Basics: Heavy Cream

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Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is such a versatile dairy component. Due to it’s generous fat content, it may be whipped & sweetened to create Chantilly Cream, a wonderfully luxurious addition to many desserts. Chocolate Mousse, Classic Chocolate Icebox Pie, Banana Cream Pie featuring Buttermilk-Banana Pastry Cream, Coconut Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie & Lemon Icebox Tartlets are just some of the iconic summer sweets that are made with it. Breads are certainly enhanced with a splash of heavy cream, too. Rich, golden color may be achieved over delicious Buttermilk Cemita Rolls & Brioche Rolls by way of an egg wash applied over the dough before baking. Heavy cream plays a vital role in creating many savory dishes as well ranging from Quiche Lorraine, Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo & Chicken Fricassee to Rosemary Chicken PateVichyssoise & Chèvre-Basil Tartlets. Learn how to use heavy cream in classic summer side dishes for rich, wonderful flavor. 

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How To Use Heavy Cream In Savory Applications

Heavy cream is defined by the amount of fat content it contains, generally between 36% to 40%. It naturally rises to the top due to this extra weight. In comparison, basic whipping cream only contains approximately 30% milk fat, the minimum amount required in order to whip & hold soft peaks. Expect cream to double in volume when it is whipped.

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Reductions are one of the most common ways to add rich flavor to recipes. They may be used to create many creamed-based dishes as their ability to thicken beautifully without the need to make a roux offers effortless indulgence. Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo & Crawfish Étouffée illustrate this concept beautifully. As in the case of classic southern side dishes, Creamed Corn benefits with a just a splash of heavy cream added to the end of the cooking process & needs just a a few minutes to thicken over a hot stove eye. Replace a bit of whole milk in your favorite mashed potato or macaroni & cheese recipe with heavy cream when added indulgence is desired.

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