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Old Nov 21st 2006, 2:35 pm
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Question What Kind of Cream for a Trifle?

We're spending Thanksgiving with some Aussie friends and none of us fancy having pumpkin pie etc. for dessert. They've suggested that I bring a trifle.

I haven't made one for absolutely ages and I can't remember which cream I should buy for whipping. My UK recipes books of course list Double Cream.....is that the same as Heavy Cream?

I was trying to find a UK/US recipe conversion online and I typed in the word 'trifle'. The American versions are scary....the various results say to use Cool Whip, 8oz cream cheese or a package of instant vanilla pudding mix....(presumably to use instead of whipped cream) :scared:
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
We're spending Thanksgiving with some Aussie friends and none of us fancy having pumpkin pie etc. for dessert. They've suggested that I bring a trifle.

I haven't made one for absolutely ages and I can't remember which cream I should buy for whipping. My UK recipes books of course list Double Cream.....is that the same as Heavy Cream?

I was trying to find a UK/US recipe conversion online and I typed in the word 'trifle'. The American versions are scary....the various results say to use Cool Whip, 8oz cream cheese or a package of instant vanilla pudding mix....(presumably to use instead of whipped cream) :scared:

Yes...I've been told it's the same...although I've never used it.
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Old Nov 21st 2006, 2:38 pm
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Don't have any Bird's custard powder?... I'd use that.
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Old Nov 21st 2006, 2:42 pm
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Don't have any Bird's custard powder?... I'd use that.

Its heavy whipping cream - as close as damn it - of course you need custard AS WELL as cream!! yum yum
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Default Re: What Kind of Cream for a Trifle?

Sounds yummy and good choice!

Heavy cream is probably the closest:

In the US, cream is usually sold as:

Half-and-half (10.5-18% fat)
Light, coffee, or table cream (18-30% fat)
Medium cream (25% fat)
Whipping or light whipping cream (30-36% fat)
Hot cream
Heavy or heavy whipping cream (36+%)
Extra-heavy or manufacturer's cream (38-40+%), generally not available at retail

In the UK, cream is usually sold as:

Half cream (12%)
Single cream or Light cream (18%)
Whipping cream (35%)
Double cream (48%)
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Its heavy whipping cream - as close as damn it - of course you need custard AS WELL as cream!! yum yum
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
We're spending Thanksgiving with some Aussie friends and none of us fancy having pumpkin pie etc. for dessert. They've suggested that I bring a trifle.

I haven't made one for absolutely ages and I can't remember which cream I should buy for whipping. My UK recipes books of course list Double Cream.....is that the same as Heavy Cream?

I was trying to find a UK/US recipe conversion online and I typed in the word 'trifle'. The American versions are scary....the various results say to use Cool Whip, 8oz cream cheese or a package of instant vanilla pudding mix....(presumably to use instead of whipped cream) :scared:

Y0u want whipping cream. (Save some for after )

For recipe, go to Delia online. Can't fail with St. Delia...
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I've used heavy cream as a sub for whipping cream in recipes I brought over with me. Seems to be the same although, to my eyes, it was a slightly different colour and took longer the whip up.
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Thanks everyone!

I'll try the whipping cream then...haven't really noticed it in the supermarkets so I hope they've got some.....it's hellish shopping now with all the crowds.. :scared:
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Thanks everyone!

I'll try the whipping cream then...haven't really noticed it in the supermarkets so I hope they've got some.....it's hellish shopping now with all the crowds.. :scared:

Good luck!

As an aside: I'll never forget the occasion when I served strawberries with whipped cream for dessert. "Oh my gosh, REAL Miracle Whip!!!" exclaimed one of the guests...
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Originally Posted by Englishmum
Thanks everyone!

I'll try the whipping cream then...haven't really noticed it in the supermarkets so I hope they've got some.....it's hellish shopping now with all the crowds.. :scared:

There is also that squirt cream in a can, sold in the cold dairy section. Can't remember the name of it, but it's delicious. I could eat it out of the can! You can get the real dairy kind, just squirts out thick from the can. Great for putting on the top of the trifle at the last minute. Take the can with you.
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There is also that squirt cream in a can, sold in the cold dairy section. Can't remember the name of it, but it's delicious. I could eat it out of the can! You can get the real dairy kind, just squirts out thick from the can. Great for putting on the top of the trifle at the last minute. Take the can with you.

Yuck! Can't stand that stuff. If I'm in Starbucks or similar I usually have to stop them using that canned cream on my hot drink.
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There is also that squirt cream in a can, sold in the cold dairy section. Can't remember the name of it, but it's delicious. I could eat it out of the can! You can get the real dairy kind, just squirts out thick from the can. Great for putting on the top of the trifle at the last minute. Take the can with you.
We use that but it's no use for desserts that aren't going to be eaten immediately 'cos is just 'melts' away.
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We use that but it's no use for desserts that aren't going to be eaten immediately 'cos is just 'melts' away.
Glad that topic came up. Will get a can tonight. It's great for putting on pumpkin pie.
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I always use heavy cream when I make a trifle. I also use birds custard powder which I buy at Weggies.
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