How to make Sour Cream for baking
Quite a few of my cake recipes have sour cream in it. I personally think it gives the cake a nice soft crumb and the sourness blends all the different flavors beautifully.
But as always we end up not being able to make a cake because we don’t have sour cream on hand. It is possible to make sour cream for your cake at home.
Ideally you make sour cream with buttermilk but I also make it with lemon juice.
So here’s – How to make Sour Cream for baking.
Take 250 ml / 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Pour in microwave safe bowl or jar. Heat it up to almost boiling. Leave it to cool until it comes to room temperature. I don’t know why but this method works faster for me unlike just warming it up.
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice.
Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to the cream
Caution – make sure the cream is room temperature or the lemon juice will split the cream
Cover an leave in a warm place for about 4 hours. I place mine in the oven with the light on.
And voila! This is my sour cream after 4 hours.
Ideally you should put this is the fridge to set but for a cake this is good enough and can be used at this time.
So, here’s how to make sour cream for baking. I do hope this solves the dilemma for some of you who cant’ find sour cream commercially.