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  • kiCha Dec 8, 2013 04:00 PM

So I was fooling around with a candy recipe that had me reduce some cream by quite a bit. It started looking like a pudding base almost, so I took a tiny bit out and let it cool; it was delicious, and very pudding-like.

After that, I decided to experiment and basically just simmered some cream, cocoa powder, sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. It came out delicious, but I have no idea what I just made.

I'm sure something like this exists, but I'm not familiar with any recipes that use this method. Anyone have any ideas?

Until I know better, I'm just gonna call it a velvet cream pudding, cause it is smooth and rich as all get out. Damn tasty.

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  1. Panna cotta?

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    1. re: Wahooty

      Panna cotta also has milk and gelatin. That was one of my first thoughts, but this was made using cream only, simmered until thick.

    2. I found a recipe years ago for crab cakes that calls for the extreme reduction of heavy cream. The cream becomes sort of buttery. This is what's used in place of the usual mayonnaise ingredient in crab cakes. These crab cakes are incredible. Your discovery sounds luscious.

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      1. re: i_am_Lois

        It's insane. It is rich like a custard, but silky and light like a mousse, at the same time.

      2. Sort of like dulce de leche? Maybe the cream and sugar are similar enough to sweetened condensed milk?

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        1. re: Rick

          I didn't cook it long enough to get caramelized, so it ended up tasting like a really rich milk chocolate (with the cocoa powder)

        2. I'm going to play with this a little also. How much did you start with and how much did you reduce it and at what temp?

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          1. re: PotatoHouse

            Well, I was just kind of tooling around so I can't remember exactly. I think I started with about 4 cups and reduced by half on low/low-med. It took about 30-35 minutes. Mostly I was just eyeballing it until it had the consistency of a thick sawmill gravy (you do have to constantly whisk it or it'll get lumpy) After cooling, it set somewhere between a custard and a mousse.

          2. I have no idea, but it sure sounds good!

            1. There is an Indian preparation of milk called khoya that is basically an extreme reduction of whole milk - you cook it until it's almost the texture of silly putty, very nutty and rich tasting. I've never done it with cream but I'm sure it's fabulous!

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              1. re: biondanonima

                Oh man, that sounds amazing.

              2. It's clotted cream -- the British tea staple with scones and strawberry jam. (sometimes called Devonshire cream or Cornish/Cornwall cream.)

                You may have ended up with a sunny yellow crust of butterfat congealed on the top.

                Pure decadence, no matter what you do with it.

                I like it just by itself, dipped onto fresh strawberries.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  I looked it up, I think you're pretty close. In clotted cream, the fat is separated from the milk it self and then heated indirectly, what I did was directly heat the cream itself.

                  Now if it is pretty much the same thing, I just had sweet chocolate clotted cream for dessert and I don't even feel bad about it. :p

                  1. re: kiCha

                    *smile*

                    I know I'm pretty close -- I've made it in the past -- yes, directly on the burner and not in a hot water bath.

                2. Hi kiCha,
                  Amy Thielen has a recipe for Rommegrot (there are slash marks through the o letters in Rommegrot) which calls for 3 c whole milk, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 T sugar, and 1/4 t sea salt. It's a traditional Norwegian cream pudding. Thielen gives detailed directions for cooking this into a pudding. Her in laws served this with the main course at the holiday meal, but she serves it for dessert.

                  Here are some similar recipes from www.lutefiskchef.info/recipes/rommegr...

                  Of those listed at that website, this one seems most similar to Thielen's (although her directions are much more detailed and there's some simmering after the flour is added to remove the flour taste).

                  I think the better your milk and cream, the better this dish will be.

                  Rommegrøt

                  INGREDIENTS
                  2 cups cream
                  3 cups heated milk
                  1 cup flour less 2 tablespoons
                  2 tablespoons sugar
                  1 teaspoon salt
                  Directions
                  Boil cream, slowly, ten to twenty minutes. Sift in half of the flour, stir well. Remove kettle from the heat and set aside for three minutes, covered. Remove fat that will come to top. The kettle may again be placed over heat if removal of more fat is desired. The rest of the flour is then sifted in stirring so that mixture is smooth, and the hot milk is stirred in gradually. Salt is added when ready. Serve warm with melted fat that has been skimmed off. Top with cinnamon and sugar.
                  oldluthern.com

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                  1. re: soccermom13

                    the presence of flour makes it a pudding/custard -- while delicious, a completely different creature from the clotted-cream decadence that the OP stumbled across.

                  2. If you want something incredibly rich without even needing to reduce heavy cream, you can make a posset. Basically, it's heavy cream (better to use real heavy cream without any additives) heated with sugar, and citrus juice is then added to make it set. Can even be frozen.