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British Single Cream

What is the American equivalent for British single cream if light cream is not available? I'm looking at Mary Berry's recipe for custard to pour over a crumble. I found one suggestion of adding 9 tablespoons heavy cream to 1 cup of skim milk. Another thought is to use half & half. Suggestions?

asked by akrainey over 2 years ago
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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

British single cream is ~18% fat. Half & Half runs from ~10-18%. Light whipping cream is ~18-30%. Personally, I would use light whipping cream.

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

If you cant find light cream half and half would be my choice.

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Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 2 years ago

Single cream is known here as table cream. It used to be commonly available, but not so in recent years. Half and half is about 12% fat, or 30% less than your single cream. However, if you use a ratio of 80% half and half to 20% heavy (or whipping) cream, you'll vector in on the desired 18% fat single cream.

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Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 2 years ago

Yes, I would do this, too. I think you would be successful just using half and half, but the added richness of the whole cream will be lush.

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