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#1 voyager

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 12:30 AM

Double Cream de la Gruyere is an amazing thick cream from Switzerland.    Hard to source but since it is usually/often shelf stable, worth stocking a few if you find it.   

 

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Yes, it's this thick.    A classic use is as a dessert ingredient.    Simply a splat of this cream and a handful of crumbled hard baked meringue.    Sounds dumb but it's ethereal, rich and not too sweet.

 

But also an incredible cooking ingredient.    Like scalloped potatoes.    (Pommes Dauphinoise) 

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#2 Suzanne F

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 07:20 PM

It's UHT. Do you find that affects the flavor at all? It does for other dairy products, to my palate. But I guess if you're going to use it in a cooked dish, or with a lot of other things on the plate, maybe it won't matter?


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#3 voyager

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 08:47 PM

I have never been lucky enough to sample it fresh, but find this product delicious straight out of the "box" although I normally eschew anything UHT.

 

https://www.davidleb...e-double-cream/


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#4 Suzanne F

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:53 PM

Well okay then. I just fear that the place I might find it with most ease is one that tends to sell "job lot" food products (although they'd probably deny it). But I'll still look.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 06:35 PM

I'm going to look for this.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:42 PM

Voyager, where did you find it?


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#7 voyager

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:45 PM

Stephanie, I suitcase it home from France.    I've not looked for it here, but it should be available to serious cheese shops.   Here is source info on the package.

 

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http://www.cremo.ch/...D=4&SubMenuID=3


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:39 PM

Ooh, good timing--my parents are leaving for Switzerland on Sunday, and Dad is on a mission to eat as much cheese and chocolate as possible.  I probably won't be seeing them for a few months, though--how long does it keep for?  Or, if they find it, should I have them send it to me as soon as they get back to the US?


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:49 PM

Ooh, good timing--my parents are leaving for Switzerland on Sunday, and Dad is on a mission to eat as much cheese and chocolate as possible.  I probably won't be seeing them for a few months, though--how long does it keep for?  Or, if they find it, should I have them send it to me as soon as they get back to the US?

(Only to you will I confide that the package I opened last week had a 'use before' date of 2012.     Taste and texture were excellent.   Altho it was shelf stable, I HAD kept it in the refrigerator all that time.)

 

That said, and he definitely should bring you a stash, do encourage him to find the fresh stuff.    You slather it on meringues for a "light dessert".   Heaven.  The meringues are even sold along side in cheese shops. as in this shot, courtesy of Libovitz' article.

 

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