Last weekend me and a few friends went down to the vintage fair at The Nichols Building at Shalesmoor in Sheffield. Drawn in my delicate plates, tea pots and picnic sets – I would have purchased everything if my bank account allowed, but I held off… instead I reminded myself that “I should only buy things that are useful”. I then stumbled across this Bels Double Cream Maker and had to have it. It came with an instruction manual written in conjunction with Zens Skinner – a celebrity cook of the time, and it made the prospect of making homemade double cream easy. Whooaaah – I could make double cream a home? Amazing!
There was another reason why I bought it; Dan can’t eat double cream. The shop bought stuff gives him stomach ache. He can have milk and butter as they are, so I assumed that some homemade cream combining the two would be better for him. He didn’t have a whole lot as we had to save it to make dessert, but he seemed to cope O.K. with it.
How does it work? It’s easy – you put milk in a pan and heat it, but never let it boil, add in your butter until in melts, then pour into the plastic container at the top and pump through – this clever little gadget emulsifies the mixture into cream… So what goes in a little yellow I colour comes out bright white. Next you leave it to cool in the fridge and you’re done… Beautiful, homemade and completely fresh cream. It doesn’t taste massively different – if anything it’s creamier and fresher. I made a mean creme brûlée with it on Saturday – it’s probably the nicest dessert I’ve EVER made!
Have you tried a double cream maker? Would you buy one?
Hayley Jayne xx