Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, over time, the lighter fat rises to the top. In the industrial production of cream this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called "separators".
In many countries, cream is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. Cream can be dried to a powder for shipment to distant markets.
Cream skimmed from milk may be called "sweet cream" to distinguish it from whey cream skimmed from whey, a by-product of cheese-making. Whey cream has a lower fat content and tastes more salty, tangy and "cheesy".
Cream is used as an ingredient in many foods, including ice cream, many sauces, soups, stews, puddings, and some custard bases, and is also used for cakes. Irish cream is an alcoholic liqueur which blends cream with whiskey and coffee. Cream is also used in curries such as masala dishes.
Cream (usually light/single cream or half and half) is often added to coffee.
For cooking purposes, both single and double cream can be used in cooking, although the former can separate when heated, usually if there is a high acid content.
Most UK chefs always use double cream or full-fat crème fraîche when cream is added to a hot sauce, to prevent any problem with it separating or "splitting".
In sweet and savoury custards such as those found in flan fillings, crème brûlées and crème caramels, both types of cream are called for in different recipes depending on how rich a result is called for. It is useful to note that double cream can also be thinned down with water to make an approximation of single cream if necessary.
Serving Size 1 cup (240g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 468Calories from Fat 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46.3g
Vitamin A 31%
•Vitamin C 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower
depending on your caloric needs.
The idea of making this recipe came from our leftover mashed potatoes that we were trying to come out some better idea. Then we made up this recipe, and it turned out absolutely delicious, baking developed more flavor and gave the golden brown color on top. Caper and parsley brought some zing into the dish. It is a great way to help you finish up your leftover mashed potatoes!