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What Cream Goes With Cherries

Black forest cake with whipped cream and cherries on top.

There is one cherry and cream combination that almost everyone is familiar with, and that’s on a sundae. The cherry on top of the whipped cream is not just a “taste” choice but also a crucial part of a sundae’s presentation.

But is it the only way cream and cherries can go together? Let’s find out.

X Creams That Might Go Together With Cherries

Both cherries and cream have a decent range of varieties, but for understanding the different cherry and cream pairings, we will focus more on the varieties of cherries than on the multiple varieties of cheese.

One clarification that needs to be made here, especially in the backdrop of the sundae, is that whipped cream is not exactly a cream type. Multiple cream types can be converted into “whipped cream,” although the process for each may be slightly different based on the liquid content of the actual cream (the principle of “whipping” still holds).

Heavy Cream: Creams that contain at least 36% milkfat are classified as heavy creams, and it goes very well with cherries. In fact, one recipe even allows you to make use of hardened cherry pits that are often discarded. These pits are used to make a delicious cherry pit whipped cream using heavy cream, and it’s not the only pairing of cherry and heavy cream. The two also go together well in a fool.

You can use cold, heavy cheese to make a delicious cherry fool. You can use both fresh and frozen cherries, and they, combined with cherries, make the core of this dessert.

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The two recipes where heavy cream goes with cherries are:

Half-and-Half Cream: Half-and-half is characterized by low butterfat content (usually around 12%, but can range from 10% to 18%). And even though it’s not as “fatty” as heavy cream, it has no qualms going with cherries. You can pair the two in a buttermilk panna cotta topped with a cherry compote. This dish uses half-and-half cream for the panna cotta and goes very well with a cherry compote.

And if you are in the mood for something colder and more commonplace dessert-like, you have multiple options. Cherry cream cheese ice cream also uses half-and-half cream as well as a black forest ice cream, and the two offer very different results. The recipes are:

Single Cream: Even with the title of “single,” this cream (with about 18% to 20% butterfat content) goes with cherries in a wide variety of dishes. If you are in the mood for something exotic, you might try an Indian yogurt-based drink called “lassi.” One of its variants, a cherry rose lassi, utilizes both cherries (it’s in the name) and single cream.

You can also find the two in a classic vanilla cherry ripple ice cream. And if you want to jump out from the realm of the desserts where cream goes with cherries quite easily, you can make a cherry scone that uses a little bit of single cream.

The three recipes are:

Clotted Cream: If you want your cherry-cream dishes to be even richer in butterfat content, then looking for recipes where clotted cream goes with cherries should be the way for you. Clotted cream has a very thick consistency, and its fat content is usually around 64% (though any cream above 55% falls under clotted cream).

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Clotted cream goes with cherries in a bake (a dairy-heavy treat), in a scone cake, in scones, and in a number of other dishes. The “cherry” content and the clotted cream content of the dishes will vary quite drastically, from recipe to recipe, so you can choose based on your own taste (and nutritional) preferences.

The example dishes where clotted cream goes with cherries are:

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Light Cream: You might have a difficult time finding recipes where cherries go well with light cream. It might be because the term “light” not being as commonplace as other cream types. It’s quite close to single cream in fat content, and based on the region, it might also be called table cream.

Double Cream: Double cream is the UK version of the heavy cream we have already discussed. The fat content range is nearly the same, but you might be able to find different recipes (and will have access to more dishes you can combine creams and cherries in) if you replace the term “double” with “heavy” in your cherry-cream recipe searches.

Final Words

Whipped cream (which is usually relatively high in fat content) is not the only cream that goes with cherries, and if you explore the dishes where this combination works, you will have access to a wide variety of different “culinary” experiences.