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Pretty simple question I hope. I am trying to recreate a recipe I made several years ago using heavy cream, lindemans framboise lambic, raspberry puree, and sugar. I don't recall using any thickeners - though I may have. It was easily 7 years ago, and the recipe is long gone, so I am trying to recreate it both from memory and based off my current culinary knowledge.

The resulting consistency was similar to a thick pudding. It worked great as a pipeable filling for cupcakes, and also was smooth and creamy enough to be a dessert on its own.

I remember reducing the cream for a long while, but as I said, I do NOT remember using any thickeners.

Is it possible if I added the fruit early on pectin would have helped thicken? If I started without the fruit and just used the lambic, cream and sugar, could I have reduced it well beyond nappe and then loosened it up with the fruit? Would that have thickened at all?

Or am I simply misremembering?

I wish I could remember what I did!

  • If it was like a filling, it may have had cornstarch in it. It's not uncommon to make raspberry filling using raspberries, sugar and cornstarch. I know you say you don't remember any thickeners, just don't know how it'd thicken on its own. – Catija Mar 6 '15 at 7:02
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This will only thicken by reduction if you leave it on for a really long time. At least 8 hours of simmering, but better to use more than 16, and then you'll get a flavored kaymak.

The way it thickened is much more likely to have been raspberry pectin. Many berries have sufficient pectin to thicken when they happen to be used within the optimal sugar and pH range. The calcium in the cream will also activate the second type of pectin.

I have had raspberry juice make a jelly by itself, and I have made a recipe which thickens a gooseberry-cream mix, relying on the gooseberry pectin. I haven't made a cream based raspberry thickened dessert, but it's very likely to work.

You can use the gooseberry recipe to get an approximate range for the sugar amount involved, http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1415683/gooseberry-cream-and-elderflower-jelly-pots.

  • To add to this, you can certainly thicken milk by reducing, for example, commercial evaporated milk, or the khoya or mawa used in many Indian sweets. I expect cream should also work, but you would want to take care not to allow it to reach boiling, and it would take a long time. It works best in a broad pot/pan with a lot of surface area, and it needs a lot of attention to avoid scorching on the bottom. If you did this before, I think you would remember. :-D – NadjaCS Oct 14 '15 at 18:41
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Sounds more like a custard. Do you remember using any egg yolks?

I don't like to use gelatin when I make flan, so I tend to use either half and half or use 1/2 milk and 1/2 heavy whipping cream. I get a gorgeous, silky, creamy texture that way.

Found this when I googled the ingredients that you listed.

http://www.thebeerista.com/?p=828

Raspberry Lambic Pudding Filling, makes 2.5 cups (Adapted from the Homebrew Chef’s Stout Pudding recipe)

What You Need:

4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 pinches salt

2/3 cup sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup raspberry lambic (I used Lindemans Framboise)

2/3 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen that have been thawed), mashed with a fork

What you do:

Start by combining the cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Place the bowl on top of a pot that has some boiling water in it (you don’t want the water to touch the bottom of the bowl). Pour in the milk, cream, and beer into the bowl with the cornstarch and whisk until well combined.

Next, add in the mashed raspberries. Whisk the mixture frequently over the boiling water until it becomes thick and smooth. This should take about 15 minutes. Once the pudding has become fairly thick, remove the bowl from the pot and transfer the pudding to a container, cover, and refrigerate until it is chilled and completely set. You should be prepared to give it at least 4 hours in the fridge before using it to fill the cupcakes. Leaving it up to overnight would be even better.

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