Fruit Cream is a simple and delicious Indian dessert made with a mix of fresh fruits, nuts, and sweetened whipped cream. It is light, creamy, refreshing, and a perfect summer treat!
I love whipping up desserts in my kitchen, be it the baked or the no-bake kinds. But sometimes, I really want something simple that tastes delicious and is equally effortless to prepare.
This Indian fruit cream dessert is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity.
Fruit salad with cream tastes refreshing when served chilled. No two spoonfuls of this dessert will taste the same, thanks to the variety of fruits that have been incorporated into it. Each fruit adds its own unique taste and texture to this dessert.
Whenever I have a lot of fruits sitting in the fruit basket, I always make fruit custard, fruit cream, or a simple fruit salad. My kids enjoy eating their fruits this way, guessing the fruits as they bite into each spoonful 😀
I added some mangoes to this recipe because they are in season now and they elevate the taste of this humble dessert.
The only time-consuming part of this recipe is dicing the fruits. Other than that, you can whip up this creamy fruit salad in minutes.
If you are looking for an easy summer dessert recipe that needs no cooking, then do try this recipe. I’m sure you will love it!
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Why you will love this fruit salad with cream
✔ Easy, no-cook/no-bake dessert
✔ Lightly sweetened
✔ Light and creamy, packed with a mix of fruits and nuts of varying colors and textures
✔ Perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecue parties, or get-togethers
✔ Can easily be scaled to suit your servings
✔ Adaptable to whatever fruits you have at hand, seasonal fruits are best used in this recipe
To make this ridiculously easy fruit cream recipe at home, you will need;
Cream: I’ve used Amul whipping cream here. You can also use Amul fresh cream. If you are in the US, any brand of heavy cream will work in the recipe. I mostly used Horizon organic heavy cream while I was in the US.
Icing sugar: To lightly sweeten the cream. You can adjust as per your desired sweetness. You can also add the same quantity of condensed milk. After all, condensed milk makes anything taste good, right? But I didn’t want to open a can considering I’d need so little here. If you have some leftovers from another recipe, then it would be ideal to be used here.
Vanilla extract: Adds a nice flavor.
Mixed diced fruits: I’ve used a mix of mangoes, bananas, apples, kiwi, grapes, and pomegranate.
Dried fruits and nuts: I’ve used a mix of pistachios, almonds, and raisins for some textural variation. Again, feel free to add any nuts of your choice or skip them if anyone has any nut allergies. You can also add some tutti frutti (candied papaya).
How to make fruit cream dessert – Step by step process
Step 1: Whip the cream
In a sufficiently large bowl, add 3/4 cup of chilled whipping cream, 1/4 cup icing sugar (sifted), and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. (Photos 1 to 3)
Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed initially to incorporate all the ingredients.
Increase the speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form. We do not need stiff peaks for this recipe. (Photos 4 and 6)
Step 2: Add the fruits, nuts, and mix
Add the diced fruits (1 cup each of diced mango, banana, apple, green grapes, 1/2 cup each of pomegranate arils, and diced kiwi, 2 tablespoons each of slivered almonds, pistachios, and raisins. (Reserve some for garnishing). (Photo 6)
Mix gently using a spatla, until the fruits are coated with the whipped cream. You may serve immediately or cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Step 3: Serve
Transfer to serving bowls, top with reserved fruits and nuts. Garnish with cherries, if desired.
This creamy fruit salad will keep fresh for at least 1 to 2 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. If you do add fruits like melon, pineapple, oranges, etc, then avoid storing it and consume it as soon it is prepared.
Variations of this fruit salad with cream recipe
Shahi version: Add about 2 tablespoons of hot milk to a fat pinch of saffron in a small bowl. Lightly crush the saffron before adding milk for optimal flavor and color. Let this saffron milk sit for 10 minutes, then add it after whipping the cream. Also add a few drops of rose essence, followed by the diced fruits, and some dried rose petals, give everything a good mix.
Fruit salad with cream cheese: Whip 3/4 cup whipping cream to soft peaks and set aside. In another bowl, beat 4 oz of cream cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Fold in the whipped cream, followed by the fruits and nuts.
Yogurt: You can add a cup of Greek yogurt to this recipe. Regular yogurt might water down the salad as it sits. If you use regular yogurt, make sure to drain off the excess whey. Adjust the sugar to compensate for any added tartness.
Fruit cream with ice cream: Top a serving of fruit cream with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or your favorite flavored ice cream. Mango ice cream would be amazing! You may also skip the cream, and top the mixed fruits and nuts with ice cream instead.
Flavoring: You can add other flavors such as cardamom, rose, etc instead of vanilla.
Canned fruit cocktail: To make this recipe easier, especially when scaling it up for a crowd, use canned fruit cocktail. Drain the syrup and add the diced fruits to the whipped cream. Adjust the consistency by adding more canned fruit cocktail.
Jello: Prepare jello as per package instructions and let it set. Then cut it into small cubes and add it along with the fruits and nuts, mix gently.
Layered fruit cream: You can layer the fruits and whipped cream alternately in fancy serving glasses for an impressive dessert.
Frequently asked questions
Can I make this vegan?
Yes, you can! Use non-dairy whipping cream. In India, Tropolite is a good brand of non-dairy whipping cream that will work well in this recipe. Just remember, that Tropolite is already sweetened, so you won’t need to add as much icing sugar. You can also use coconut cream in this recipe.
Which fruits can I use in this recipe?
I’ve used apples, bananas, grapes, kiwi, mango, and pomegranate in this recipe. You can add any fruits of your choice. Some other fruits worth considering are mixed berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, pitted cherries, papaya, sapota, etc
However, I would not suggest adding fruits of the melon or citrus varieties as they will make this fruit cream watery.
Another suggestion here would be to opt for fruits that are sweet and not tart or else this creamy fruit salad will not taste as good.
Since mangoes are in season, do try and include them in this recipe. You can prepare this recipe, regardless of the season, just be sure to always include local, seasonal produce for the best-tasting fruit cream.
Can I use store-bought whipped cream?
Yes, you can! Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl, add the diced fruits, and fold it in gently.
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Fruit Cream | Fruit Salad With Cream
- 3/4 cup whipping cream, chilled
- 1/4 cup icing sugar/Confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup diced mangoes
- 1 cup sliced banana
- 1 cup diced apples
- 1 cup green grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup diced kiwi
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 2 tablespoons slivered pistachios
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons raisins/cranberries
- Few cherries, for garnishing, optional
- In a sufficiently large bowl, add chilled whipping cream, icing sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Using a hand mixer, beat on low speed initially to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Increase the speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form. We do not need stiff peaks for this recipe.
- Add the diced fruits and nuts. (Reserve some for garnishing)
- Mix gently using a spatla, until the fruits are coated with the whipped cream. You may serve immediately or cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
- Transfer to serving bowls, top with reserved fruits and nuts. Garnish with cherries, if desired.