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Cheats no whip/whisk Thick Cream recipe

cheats no whip/whisk thick cream recipeWhat do you do when you don't have a whisk but you're craving whipped double cream?

You could beat it with a fork until your forearms give out, or with lemons or at least lemon juice – you can cheat! 

If you don't have any lemon this won't work I'm afraid, but hey I gave you a chance!


1. Take some double cream and add the lemon juice a few drops at a time stirring briskly in between until it's the consistency you want. The result is a slightly sour thickened cream to dollop into whatever recipe you had in mind. Simple as that!

Using a little science (aka magic!) the acid in the lemon juice thickens milk products by causing the proteins to cling together. It's essentially the process that turns milk into yogurt, except with yogurt we rely on bacteria to provide the acid.

2. Spread over scones or alongside sweet berries for an indulgent dessert anywhere, or since it has a sour note throw in some chives and you have yourself a rich sour cream for tacos...


Of course it won't be exactly the same as real whipped cream, you don't have quite the same fluffy texture since there's not the air that a whisk traps in place. The sharp tang of the lemon works well with really sweet things like jam, if you want it sweeter you could always add a little honey or fine sugar but I'd be careful about playing with it too much since you're relying on the correct PH to make the milk proteins behave like they do.

Also make sure that you're using real dairy cream and not a synthetic 'cream alternative' which uses vegetable oil, emulsifiers and other chemical stabilisers to mimic the texture of cream. I can't imagine that it would work the same way since it will be lacking the same level of proteins, but let me know if you know better...

Let us know what you think in the comments below or how you got on if you have tried making it with anything else!


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