All-purpose cream is a staple in every Filipino household. Its rich and creamy texture make it a versatile ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes, and the fact that it can last either in the refrigerator or in the dry pantry makes it easy to store.
All-purpose cream is different from regular heavy cream or whipping cream because instead of containing a large amount of milk fat, it is made up of a mix of water, non-fat milk solids, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and a hint of milk fat. This means that while you can’t whip it like you can whip heavy cream, all-purpose cream still provides rich flavors and smooth textures for your dishes.
We rounded up our favorite ways to use all-purpose cream in the kitchen. While it can be incorporated into different kinds of dishes, you can also keep it simple and use it as a topping for your breakfast pancakes or fruit cups.
1 Mango + Cream Desserts
Mangoes and cream will always be delicious together! This no-bake recipe is quick and perfect for last-minute dessert preparations or late-night cravings. Use super ripe mangoes for the best results and make sure that the cream that you use is chilled.
2 Pan-Fried Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce
Pair simple pan-fried chicken with an indulgent, creamy garlic sauce. Be generous with it and serve it with hot rice.
3 Creamy Chicken Bacon Pesto Pasta
Who doesn’t love a cream-based pasta sauce? Mix two favorites, pesto sauce and white sauce, to make the ultimate pasta combination! Top this pasta dish off with crunchy bacon.
4 Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream
The secret to a light and fluffy vanilla buttercream is simple: add a teaspoon or two of all-purpose cream into the mix and beat away.
5 Pork Chops with Mushroom Alfredo Sauce
Sometimes, plain pork chops and rice just won’t cut it. Take your meal to the next level with a mushroom alfredo sauce for a boost of flavor.
6 Fruit Cocktail Refrigerator Cake
You wouldn’t be able to make the classic Filipino fruit cocktail mix without all-purpose cream! This dessert layers cream and fruit cocktail over graham crackers to create a soft refrigerator cake.
7 Chocolate Ganache
Ganache can be made three different ways with simple adjustments in the proportion of ingredients. All-purpose cream makes an excellent substitute for heavy cream in this recipe. Use ganache to glaze desserts or frost cakes. You can also make truffles with a simple mix of all-purpose cream and chocolate!