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When my grandchildren come to stay for dinner and they have a desert after their dinner we do sometimes like to eat cream with our cake instead of custard. Makes for a nice change and I buy this cream because it is convenient to make up and eat. It comes in a plastic packet which has a picture of some cream over some jelly in a bowl. Inside the packet it is a powder which looks similar to custard powder but a little finer. The grains of powder are white in colour and it has a slight sweet smell. It is very quick and easy to make up into the cream, all you need to do is to measure a ¼ of a pint of cold milk into a bowl of jug and sprinkle the powder over the milk and then just whisk together for a couple of minutes using an electric hand whisk. If you don't own an electrical whisk, you can just use a fork or hand whisk and just keep on whisking it for about 3 or 4 minutes, depends how hard you whisk it using a fork but it still whisks the same in the end. After around half a minute of whisking it begins to thicken and the longer you whisk it the more thicker it becomes. After the couple of minutes the cream is ready to serve. The texture of the cream is really smooth and soft and tastes delicious. It is easy to spoon it over a slice of cake without dropping from the spoon because it isn't a runny consistency if you use the correct amount of milk. If you use more milk than recommended, the cream will be more runny but you may prefer a more runny consistency cream but we all like the thicker consistency when we eat this cream. It isn't too sweet a cream and doesn't have a bland taste, just a good quality tasting cream which is nice to eat with cake. We have eaten it with jelly, mousse and lots of different varieties of bought cakes from the shops. It just gives an added look to the cake as well as some cream. Eaten with cake the 2 taste nice together and a 36g packet can serve at least 4 of us. If more of us are eating the cream, I just use 2 packets and double the milk amount and it spreads further. Per portion it contains 79 calories and 5.8g of fat, so not a lot of calories if you are on a diet and want to eat some cream for a treat. We really love this cream, it is good to buy and stock in the food cupboard if you want to eat it after dinner and you have forgotten to buy some fresh cream or if you want to buy one if you don't like fresh cream very much. I bought a pack of 3 packets in a pack for only a £1 from Asda but the usual price is just 66p per pack and so I saved some money buying 3. It is a good value priced cream and one I will always buy because my family and myself love this cream. I rate it 5 stars.
Quite often I buy dream Topping whether to be to pop on a pudding, on a home made jelly, fruit whatever really however today I found mysel using this Dreaqm Topping over a pre bough tflan case that I layered with tinned fruit, custard and finished off with a good dollop of this spread all over it! I always buy a pack of this mix at about 54p in Asda (and other good supermarkets of course) and you usually can find a pack of it stashed somewhere in one my cupboards! The Packaging: This comes in red, yellow and dark blue coloured plastic style pack which is silver foil inside and on the front of it we are told that it is Birds Dream Topping 'You make it special...' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a photograph of the made up Dream Topping. On the back of the pack other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed, we are told how to make the Dream Topping up, nutritional information in full is given, the weight is stated which is 36g and contact details for Birds are given. Nice enough, easy to open packaging this is. The Dream Topping Itself: What you get is lots of dry powder which is an off white colour and all you do is mix it with cold milk till it whips up. You can do this rather fast by hand or use an eletric whisk, personally I always do it by hand. It goes into a thick white, frothy dessert/topping that looks like angel delight and smells wonderfully sweet. This tastes wonderful, I love the lightness of this as well. The natural sweetness it has completes particulary sour fruits and flavours. It has a different more lighter feel than usual cream and isn't creamy as such just a light airy texture and with a sweetness to it! I love this and at only 79 calories per 48g serving of it (5.4g saturated fat) this to me is so tasty its worth eating as a treat and I will continue buying this!
Dream topping is made by a company called birds and it is known mostly for their custard powder. Dream topping is a cream which is sweetened to make the ultimate creamy desert. There are many things to do with dream topping and these include: Cakes: dream topping is delicious when put in the middle of a freshly baked Victoria sponge cake and it goes well alone or on top of a layer of strawberry jam. The sponge can be plain or chocolate variety and the cream goes well. Jelly: this isn't an option that I have chosen but my daughter has this when she is at my nanas house and she thinks it's great. Meringue: these are delicious with dream topping on and you can make them even more interesting for kids by adding hundreds and thousands. Alone: dream topping can be eaten alone but I advise against this unless you want to feel really sick. Trifle: dream topping is delicious on a trifle and mixes with jelly and custard beautifully. Dream topping comes in a red, yellow and blue sachet which is rather funky and the picture of the cream on the front looks delicious. The topping comes in powdered form and has to be mixed with a quarter of a pint of cold milk. The packaging advises that by mixing for about 2 minutes with an electric whisk you will get a light and fluffy topping. I use a hand whisk and it takes about 4 minutes of constant mixing before the topping is ready. To vary the thickness of dream topping you can simply add more milk however I think the quarter of a pint makes the topping perfectly. Once made dream topping can be frozen to eat at a later date. It doesn't need to be chilled before you eat though as it is basically ready to use straight after whisking. If you leave some topping for later it must be refrigerated and treated as fresh food. Dream topping is the ultimate treat and the taste is fantastic. The cream is high in fat however and isn't good when you're on a diet considering you may eat the whole sachet in one go. I paid about £1.80 at the co-op for a pack of three dream toppings.
We always try to eat fairly heathily in our house but there are times (when the weather's bad, when the news is full of doom & gloom etc etc) when I fancy making & eating something sweet, artificial & unhealthy! I only usually make trifles at Christmas & Easter & I have to admit I use a packet for convenience & just add extra fruit - why? - because I love the Dream Topping! I was pleased to see that Qualitysave were recently selling a pack of 3 sachets for just 89p although the banner on the pack stated £1.89, an offer I couldn't pass over. I intended to use it soon to surprise my daughters & make a trifle from scratch but unfortunately, while watching my favourite soaps, I remembered it was there & the last 2 nights I've made up 2 of the sachets & pigged out on fresh fruit & Dream Topping - yum! The trouble is that it's so quick & easy to prepare - just measure 150 mls of cold milk into a bowl & whisk in the white/cream powder - voila - a mock cream! My electric mixer has 'died' so I just used my hand one & it was done in a minute or so. Initially when you start to whisk it looks like it isn't going to thicken but no worries as it soon does. Once prepared it's advised you treat as a fresh product (ie refrigerate) but, sorry, I didn't test that because I ate it all. Each sachet is 36g & contains 72 calories, 5.2g fat & 4.5g sugar so isn't exactly healthy if you eat a whole sachet per helping as I did. I believe there's a low sugar variety but I haven't found that yet.... The texture & colour is lovely - just like fresh cream but the taste is sweeter. Although I've only used in with fresh fruit & trifles I think it would be good for gateaux, profiteroles, swiss rolls etc as long as you ate them within a day or two. The full directions on how to make up, storage advice, nutritional information plus ingredients are all listed on the back of the pack. summary ~ - so easy to prepare (too easy really - I keep making it!) - not really healthy as it contains fairly high sugar & fat content plus additives. - lovely taste & texture. - adds a bit of pzzazz to otherwise boring desserts. - too moreish - will have to stop buying it at this price.
I started to use Birds Dream Topping because I am not very keen on fresh cream which I find okay the first day but cannot eat the next. It's probably psychological but I always worry about it going off. This makes a delicious topping for fruit, jelly or trifle and you can keep a packet in the cupboard in case of emergencies. Dream Topping comes as a white powder in a sachet. It is easy to make as you just have to sprinkle the powder onto 150 mils of cold milk and whisk. Use an electric mixer if you have one as it is far simple. This stuff will give you serious muscle aches in your wrist and arm if you try mixing it with an ordinary hand whisk, or fork. Although I have done it with a rotary whisk; you know, the type with a handle that you turn. It does take ages to thicken, but believe me, it will if you continue. Once this thickens you can use it as you would use fresh whipped cream but I would not recommend that you use it to top hot chocolate, or coffee because it is too sweet for that and disintegrates. My favourite way of using this is to make a mandarin and ginger gateau. Simply split a Jamaica Ginger Cake long ways, fill with tinned, drained, mandarin oranges and top with some of the Dream Topping. Place the two halves back together and use the remainder of the topping to decorate. This stuff is supposed to be okay to freeze but I never really saw the point in that. There is little point in listing all the ingredients and nutritional information here as it is quite adequately displayed on the packaging if you need to know what's in it for health, or dietary reasons. Dream Topping is a useful thing to have in the cupboard and it makes a superfast dessert look as though you spent ages making it.
I don't know whats come over me lately, but I have become very domesticated with a lot of home cooking going on!. I think it is where I had a big cook in a couple of weeks ago, ready for when I went to visit my son up at Uni. With making meals in foil containers for his freezer, quiches and a couple of cakes. It seems to have got into my system and I'm making things left right and centre. Well being my son and his girlfriend were coming round for dinner on sunday. I decided not to get the usual dessert, which is a shop bought cheesecake of some sort of form, but to make a trifle instead. I was really pleased when I went into Morrisons, as I don't know if you notice it, but with all the good intention in the world, when you go to make something from scratch it can work out hell of a lot more expensive than if you bought a shop made one!. So on spying on the end aisle ( that usually means special offer!) I noticed that they were doing sachets of; Birds instant custard 77p B.O.G.O.F. Birds Dream Topping 71p B.O.G.O.F Hartleys Jelly 48p B.O.G.O.F. everything I need for my trifle apart from the sponges. I didn't bother with the instant custard as I have a Large tub of Birds custard in my cupboard. Round the corner I grabbed a pack of value fairy cakes 44p for 12 and a packet of cadburys flakes for the topping!. Thats me sorted!. Well I made the trifle up to the part where the dream topping goes on. Now this part I hate, incase you don't know what Deam Topping is, it comes in a sachet that you tear along the the top and sprinkle onto 150ml of cold milk. This is a very fine powder in a creamy colour that floats down onto the top of the milk, this is the tricky bit and this is why I hate it. I use a hand blender and switch it on to mix. At first it seems to do nothing and you just keep on beating it being careful not to splatter the whole of the kitchen, as it can sneak out if you loose concentration for a second. This seems to take a lifetime to thicken, which usually involves me adding another half a packet to thicken it up. Once thick you then have the job of trying to get the dam stuff of the blender which needs a good bang on the bowl, it is a pain to make ( unless anyone out there knows a better way!) but is well worth the effort as this finishes the trifle of lovely with its lovely creamy taste. It says on the back of the packet that you can freeze this once it has been made (which I didn't know). Once made up it says that you should treat this as a fresh food, but no chance of it lasting a day in my house so no worries there!. Each (normal packet) 48g serving contains; ~~~Calories 72~~~ ~~~Sugar 4.5g~~~ ~~~Fat 5.2g~~~ ~~~Saturates 5.1g~~~ ~~~Salt trace~~~ No Added Sugar 47g serving contains; ~~~Calories 74~~~ ~~~Sugars 2.0g~~~ ~~~Fat 5.5g~~~ ~~~Saturates 5.2g~~~ ~~~Salt 0.1g~~~ So only the sugar is less than the normal one!. The packet that Dooyoo are showing is the normal one, but if I can I usually buy the no added sugar version, and talking of no added sugar I hoped that nobody would notice that I forgot to put the sugar into the custard when I made it up so an extra flake crumbed on top should do the trick!!! ( it did !). 4 stars as I'm taking one away for the time it takes to whisk this up.