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Aug 1, 2007 09:55 AM

What is Pouring Cream?

I have a vanilla ice cream recipe that calls for pouring cream. Is that just heavy cream?

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  1. Is it by any chance a UK or AU cookbook? I used to see that ingredient called for in books that originated in the UK. I believe it's the cream that floated to the top of the bottle way, way back in the old days when there were milkmen who delivered bottles to your back door. Pouring cream has much less fat content than heavy cream. Probably less than light cream as well, but I think light cream would be a closer substitute.

    1. According to wikipedia;

      Among other legal definitions in the UK:

      Cream or single cream 18% Poured over puddings, used in coffee

      So it's at the top of the range for half and half, and the bottom of the range for light cream.

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      1. re: Louise

        English creams come single, double or clotted. I would assume it is single cream which is not really the cream from the top of the bottle (which I haven't seen for years though might be available in Jersey cows bottled milk if milkmen still deliver that better known as gold top).

        go with single cream, but it is richer than half and half and thicker. I am a displaced Brit in the US and the creams here are not comparable with British creams.

        1. re: smartie

          A quick search found that pouring cream is about 20% BF. That would be about the same as 18% in my area.


          1. re: smartie

            I just got back from Ireland, where I had porridge with cream for breakfast almost every morning. Why we Americans can't produce the quality of cream that people in Britain and Ireland enjoy as a matter of course, I'll never know. Nothing we have comes close.

            1. re: pikawicca

              breed of cow, type of grass I would expect.

              1. re: smartie

                But ALL British and Irish cream I've ever had (going back many years) has been superior, and we have Jerseys and Guernseys here in the U.S.

        2. You can also get Nestle-brand pouring cream at Indian or UK stores.

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          1. re: JungMann

            is that in a can? if so it has a very different taste to fresh cream.

            1. re: smartie

              It is indeed in a can, but it's the substitute I've known to be used on desserts.