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floating cream

memphischix Apr 26, 2008 10:45 AM

I've been trying different mixed drinks and sometimes the directions call for floating a layer of cream on the top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Somehow my tries always end up with a rather unpleasant looking curdled mess. Any tips on how to get this to "look like the picture" ? I am using half and half because that's what we have in the fridge. Does that make a difference?

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  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: memphischix Apr 26, 2008 01:55 PM

    Yes, the kind of dairy product you're using makes a huge difference. Half and half doesn't have a very high fat content, so it doesn't float on top of the drink. Use heavy cream, and whip it slightly so that air bubbles provide extra lift. At work, we put the cream in a 10 ounce glass soda bottle and shake it like crazy for a few seconds before pouring.

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      memphischix RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Apr 26, 2008 05:35 PM

      Great! thanks for the tip. Can't wait to try it out..Quick! To the grocery store>>>

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        sunnyand72 RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Apr 29, 2008 01:42 PM

        I usually just shake the carton for about 30 seconds...my wife then complains that anything I don't use spoils by the next day, so maybe you should only do this if you are going to be making a large quantity of drinks.

      2. JMF RE: memphischix Apr 27, 2008 01:03 AM

        If you use heavy cream it usually works fine without whipping it or shaking it.

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