The taste of summer: Strawberries and Cream. A pure, clear taste. And the perfect way to try out a plant-based cream alternative without any other flavours distracting those taste buds.
I have already baked with Alpro products in the past. For instance these chocolate cupcakes or I’ve used their Soya Cuisine for making ganache. But a whippable (I actually had to look up if this word exists, it does. Ha!) version only available in the Netherlands at the moment and so a dear friend bought me two packets.
The cream is already slightly sweetened so I just added two teaspoons of SanApart (a starch-based powder to thicken cream) and then I flicked the switch of my hand-held mixer.
The cream whipped up quite thick and kept its shape. The consistency definitely wasn’t as stiff as whipped dairy cream but absolutely useable. The cream has a slight nutty taste, very pleasant. Even the more critical voice in my household had no objections.
The only taste of bitterness is the fact that it contains palm oil. Due to its positive property of remaining firm at room temperature palm oil is widely used in the food industry. I wrote more about the topic in this post. I don’t think we’ll be able to get palm oil out of our food completely but then it should at least be sourced sustainably. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on the packet which is why I wrote off to Alpro.
And they replied the same day. Very good. Their palm oil is certified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) . As I wrote in my blog post I personally don’t think very highly of this certificate as their standards are very low in order to get more members certified. But it is a start at least.