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Dec 25, 2009 08:38 AM

Help- heavy cream curdled

Our heavy cream for ganache is curdled (thanks trader joe) and I'm wondering if I can reduce 1/2 and 1/2. No convenience store has heavy cream- we have tried.

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  1. if you happen to have evaporated milk in the house, that's actually my preferred substitute for heavy cream. but if not, go ahead and use the half & half, though i'd only use about 3/4 cup in place of one cup of heavy cream. don't try to boil/reduce it because it may curdle or break. just heat it gently (preferably in a double boiler) & melt the chocolate in it.

    if you have whole milk & butter on hand, there are two different substitution formulas:
    2/3 cup whole milk plus 1/3 cup unsalted butter
    3/4 cup milk plus 1/4 cup butter

    either one will approximate 1 cup of heavy cream.

    2 Replies
    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thank-you so much. We were able to go with the milk and butter and it was fine!


      1. re: ginnyhw

        excellent! glad it worked out :) happy holidays!

    2. Unfortunately you can't reduce 1/2 and 1/2, it will break.