These are our suggestions:
- Make fruit the hero! Try grilling and baking fruits to enhance their natural flavors.
- Puree fruits and use them to increase flavor intensity or decorate plates.
- Substitute lower fat milk, yogurts and cheeses for full-fat options.
- Replace half of the cream in a recipe with milk.
- Use gelatin to improve texture when dairy fat starch levels are too low.
- Using a siphon, inject air into flavored cream or egg whites to increase volume and appearance of more dessert without the calories.
- Use a dusting of cocoa powder or powdered sugar to finish an item.
- Use non-caloric sweeteners when possible, but keep in mind that sugar crystals may be necessary for volume or texture. Try a 50:50 mix.
- Pre-portion desserts to control calorie levels.
- Make sauces more flavorful by adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar or cardamom or flavorful sweeteners like fruit juice, brown sugar or honey.
- Use a pacoject high-powered blender to create the creamiest sorbets and ice creams without a high fat content.
The minimum amount of milk fat needed to whip is 30%. For the perfect whip, mix heavy cream with full fat milk at a ratio of three to one.1 Lower fat milk can be whipped l with the use of starches.
1. . McGee on Food and Cooking An encyclopedia of kitchen science, history and culture by Harold McGee 2004