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I want to make some whipped cream for millefeuille but I only have single.

If I added butter to single cream and whipped it, would that add enough butterfat to it to make it suitable for whipping?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm not confident enough in my thoughts to make it in answer, but I don't think it will work. The issue is that you'd need to get the new butterfat emulsified into the cream, not just drizzled in. Maybe it would work to spin the cream with an immmersion blender and drizzle the butter in, but my guess is that would just give you butter crystals. –  Michael at Herbivoracious May 26 '13 at 16:18
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No, it won't work.

Michael's comment explains why. Whipping cream is not just fat and water mixed, it is fat and water emulsified. This is a big difference.

If you had some special reason to do this on a regular basis, you could get it to work by adding emulsifiers. You can beat any fat with water and lecithine or xanthan and get a creamy result. As far as I know, this is how plant based cream substitutes work.

But if the issue is that you just don't have whipping cream right now at home, then it is easier to go buy whipping cream than to go find emulsifiers (I buy mine online, don't know if there are brick-and-mortar B2C stores which sell them). If for some reason you absolutely can't do it in time, I would suggest using a different filling. Pastry cream works well with millefeulle, buttercream can work too, lightened with whipped eggwhites if necessary.

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Yes, this is possible but you need a high-speed blender like a Thermomix or Vitamix to do so. There's actually a recipe on the Thermomix website:

http://www.ukthermomix.com/recshow.php?rec_id=29

Ingredients

250 gm unsalted butter

250 gm milk (full cream or semi-skimmed)

Method

Weigh butter in pieces and milk into the Thermomix bowl. Cook 3 minutes/ 90C/ Speed 1. Blend 30 seconds/ Speed 8. This emulsifies the butterfat back into the warmed milk and makes a perfectly delicious cream. Chill in the fridge 4 hours to use as pouring or spooning cream. Chill in the fridge 8 hours or more to be able to whip the cream.

I presume you could tweak the ratio to account for the difference in fat between milk and cream to make your double cream.

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You can buy attachments for the Kenwood mixer and buy hand operated cream makers which require warmed milk and butter. I must get one because the lower fat creams available in Germany where I now live just don't work in my recipes. You can buy cream that whipped but its very loose

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I had the same problem. I bought single instead of double and needed it to whip as I was making cheese cake. I found vanilla angel delight in the cupboard added it to the cream and hey presto :-)

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Adding both milk and butter will work in a batter. But it won't whip, and the OP explicitely asked for "whipped" cream to put on millefeuile, not for replacement for whipping cream in a cheese cake mix. –  rumtscho May 24 at 20:03
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