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ran out of heavy cream - need a quick answer

I can't find it online - I'm making a ganache topping for a cookie bar and I don't have quite enough cream - can I use cream cheese?

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  1. Hmmm. I might try a little evaporated milk, since the texture would be more similar to cream.

    1. That should work, although it might make the texture of the ganache a little chewy. You could also reduce the amount of chocolate proportionately, although that will obviously result in less topping. If you just use less cream (to a point), your ganache will still work, it will just be thicker and set more firmly. What is the proportion of cream to chocolate in your recipe?

      1. You say you don't have "quite enough." If you're talking about a small amount, you could just make up the difference with whole milk. Or, do you have any unsweetened condensed milk? You could use that, too.

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        1. re: JoanN

          I need 10.5 oz I have 8.5 oz.... thinking I might add some whole milk, maybe just an ounce so it still sets up properly.

          1. re: harryharry

            That's a small enough percentage, I'll bet it would set up just fine even if you used the full 2 ounces.

          1. I've made ganache with 1/2 & 1/2 & with liquid coffee creamer

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            1. re: Cherylptw

              it even works w soy creamer. does the op have any milk-y type things in the fridge? as a longshot, a small amt of melted vanilla ice cream?

            2. Since you just need to make up for a couple of ounces, I'd melt a piece of cream cheese in the microwave, then add water to make a thinner consistency. I play fast and loose with dairy components all the time and haven't had any major fails. I don't usually have heavy cream on hand so if I need some for a sauce I use light or half&half plus cream cheese, or just cream cheese and water.

              1. Thanks people! I'll let you know how it goes - probably using a little milk - but not to the total liquid that I need.

                1. I used a couple ounces of milk - when it set up it had a matte finish, not glossy - but it set properly and isn't grainy, so.... it worked well enough, but will use all cream in the future!