Imagine a cream so smooth and velvety that it glides dreamily off your spoon, instantly elevating your desserts, soups, and sauces to a new level of indulgence. This homemade cream, made with just three simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, is just that. High-quality butter harmoniously melts with fresh milk, while a pinch of sugar adds the perfect sweet touch without being overpowering.
But wait, there's more. This recipe isn't just delicious; it's also a way to connect with culinary tradition. In Colombia, cream is used in a variety of dishes, from arepas to desserts, adding a richness that's simply irresistible. By making it at home, you're engaging in a ritual that's been part of Colombian culture for generations.
So, why settle for processed versions when you can make a homemade cream that's pure, fresh, and absolutely delicious? With this recipe, you'll be equipped with everything you need to craft a cream that will make your dishes stand out, and your guests will ask for your kitchen's secret.
Making homemade cream is truly simple, as you can see from this and other recipes. For this and other reasons, I wanted to share this recipe with you.
Homemade Cream: Traditional and Delicious
In this post, you'll find two ways to prepare excellent homemade cream. The first is the traditional method, which can take over 5 hours to be ready, and the other is a quicker method.
Is there any difference from other recipes?
This cream recipe is creamy and thick, a texture that's hard to achieve.
We share both preparation methods so you can choose according to your available time and experiment with both textures and flavors.
You'll notice there's not much difference from what you find in supermarkets, but this will taste much better.
What is cream?
Cream, also known as 'nata', is a substance with a fatty consistency, and its color can be white or yellowish. It's a dairy product with a pleasant texture.
Depending on its fat content, its uses vary. Lighter versions are used for coffee, soups, and sauces. Thicker versions are for making whipped cream, and the extremely fatty kind can be used to make butter.
How to make homemade cream?
For the first recipe, heat milk in a pot with butter and stir continuously until the butter melts, without letting it boil. Blend until the mixture becomes frothy.
Then, refrigerate this mixture for about 5 hours or leave it overnight. Add sugar the next day and stir gently with a wooden spoon.
For the second method, heat the milk, reduce the amount of butter from the previous recipe, and add cornstarch. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens.
What pairs well with this recipe?
Something as simple as delicious strawberries or use it to prepare a delightful chicken in mushroom sauce. This cream can be used in numerous ways. I hope you enjoy it.
Tips and recommendations
- When preparing the recipe quickly, adjust the amount of cornstarch to achieve your desired thickness.
- You can use butter or margarine for this preparation; both are good options.
Consuming cream helps reduce uric acid levels, lowers the risk of kidney stones formation, reduces the risk of dental cavities, and aids tissue formation and regeneration.
- Strawberries with Cream: A great way to make the most of a good homemade cream recipe.
- Chicken in Mushroom Sauce: This sauce is made with cream and mushrooms, perfect for lunch.
- Ajiaco: Try this homemade cream with ajiaco... you'll love its combination and flavor.
- 350 g milk.
- 300 g butter.
- 2 ½ tablespoons sugar.
- 350 g milk.
- 150 g butter.
- 2 ½ tablespoons sugar.
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
- If you want a shorter process of time, you can reduce the butter to one tablespoon and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Bring to the heat and stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
- Place a pot on the stove on low heat. Add milk and butter, broken into small pieces. Stir continuously until the butter melts, ensuring the mixture doesn't boil.
- Once the butter is melted, remove from heat and blend immediately. Blend for about 3 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
- Pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
- After refrigeration, add sugar, stir gently, and it's ready.
- In a pot, add butter and milk and bring to medium heat. Add sugar and stir continuously.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in a little milk and add it to the mixture, stirring constantly.