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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!
- 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.