Recipe by Sharon123
Cashew cream stands in for dairy in a variety of ways. In the raw food world, it is used for lots of desserts. When you cook with it, it can be so much more-from cheese filling in ravioli to heavy cream in soups. It can be stored 2-3 days in the fridge and can be frozen for up to 6 months(although when defrosted it can be a little lumpy, so pulse in blender a few times to smooth it out before using it). The trick is to use raw cashews. They have no flavor of their own, they are just a vessel for fat and creaminess. Because it has a nice fat content, cashew cream reduces in a pan even faster than heavy cream. Cashews need to soak overnight, so don't skip this step. This is from The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Chef Tal was a former meat eater that now applies traditional French culinary techniques to meatless cuisine. He shows that avoiding meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. Enjoy!
Top Review by Wish I Could Cook
What a wonderful sub for cream! I was in a bit of a rush so I used boiling water to soak them and then waited a couple of hours. Not sure how it compares to the overnight soak, but I can say it was a perfect substitute and so easy to do.
Directions See How It's Made
- Put the cashews in a bowl and add cold water to cover them. cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
- Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. Place in a blender with enough cold water to cover them by one inch. Blend on high for a couple minutes until really smooth. Strain the cashew cream through a fine mesh sieve(unless you have a high speed blender such as a Vita-Mix).
- To make thick cashew cream, reduce the amount of water in the blender, so that the water just covers the cashews.
- Makes about 2 1/4 cups thick cream or 3 1/2 cups regular cream.