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Fruit Cream also known as Indian Fruit Salad with Cream is an easy, no-fuss summer dessert where chopped fruits are added to sweetened whipped cream, and then lightened with milk. This eggless dessert takes 20 minutes and is customizable using seasonal fruits. It’s a favorite among everyone, especially kids.

Two trifle bowls of Indian fruit cream garnished with fresh mint and fruit.
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Fruit Cream – Mom’s Recipe & a Childhood Favorite!

My mom loved hosting and threw lots of kitty parties when I was a kid. You know those parties where women would meet often and play cards, enjoy chai, conversation, and good food. I could have cared less about her friends coming over, but I so looked forward to the food, such as samosas, pakodas, papdi chaat, paneer, and so much more!

I have such vivid and fond memories of my mom making creamy fruit salad as a kid. We had a mango tree in front of our home in Nigeria, hence mango was always added to my mom’s fruit cream recipe.

Once the fruit cream salad was made, it was refrigerated. Naturally, I had zero self-control and would pick out my favorite fruits and all the cream while no one was watching. And yes, I had access to the fridge at the age of 6 or 7, provided no one was watching me. I was a rebel. Lol.

When she realized a good portion of the fruit cream was gone, she first yelled at me and then added more milk, cream, and fruits. This is one of the easiest desserts you can make with simple ingredients. Hope you give it a try for your next special occasion.


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients – This recipe is made with the most basic ingredients found at any grocery store – heavy cream, milk, powdered sugar, and fruits.
  • No-Cook Dessert – Fruit Cream dessert is easy to prepare and takes just 20 minutes, making it accessible for even novice cooks.
  • Kid-Friendly: The creamy and sweet dessert makes it appealing to children, encouraging them to eat more fruits without fuss.
  • Refreshing and Cooling – Served chilled, this salad is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day or for a festive gathering around the holidays.
  • Versatile Dessert – Fruit cream is so versatile and can be modified based on season. Add pomegranates and apples during the fall & winter months. Add berries and mangoes during the summer months. You can also modify the flavors and add cardamom or rose water.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Fruit Cream.
  • Heavy Cream – You’ll need heavy cream for this recipe. If you want a lightened version, feel free to use light cream, however the texture won’t be as luxurious and creamy.
  • Milk – Use whole milk to achieve a slightly runny consistency and lighten up the dessert.
  • Powdered Sugar – You’ll need powdered sugar (icing sugar) to sweeten the heavy cream.
  • Vanilla Extract – I love adding a touch of vanilla extract for a lovely aroma.
  • Fruits – Use fresh seasonal fruits, here I’m using –
    • Banana – Make sure the banana is not overly ripe or unripe, it should be perfect, preferably yellow on the outside with hints of light green.
    • Mango – Chop the mango and they should be sweet and ripe, but not mushy.
    • Grapes – I used red grapes for this recipe, however you can use green grapes too. Make sure the grapes are sweet, and not tart.
    • Strawberries – Add less quantity of strawberries so the milk color doesn’t change, additionally slice the strawberries.
    • Blueberries – Perfectly sweet and ripe, not mushy.

*See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.*


Variations

  • Other Fruits to Add – You can add a variety of fruits to this fruit salad based on season. Feel free to add chopped red apples, chopped pear, mandarins chopped in half, chopped peaches, and chopped pineapple. Make sure the fruits used are sweet. During the winter months, pomegranate arils would add a gorgeous pop of color.
  • Nuts – For a boost of protein, chopped pistachios or sliced almonds would work well in this recipe.
  • Flavorings – For Indian flavors, you may add half a teaspoon of cardamom powder, a tablespoon of rose water, or even a combination of both.

How to Make Indian Fruit Cream?

1. Whipped Cream – Add cold heavy cream to a large bowl along with vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

2. Use an electric mixer and whip the heavy cream.

3. After a couple of minutes bubbles will start to form.

4. Beat the heavy cream for another 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Prepare whipped cream from scratch using an electric mixer.

5. Add Fruits – Add sliced bananas – make sure they are not thinly sliced. Also, the banana should be perfect, not too ripe and not underripe.

6. Add sliced grapes.

7. Next, chopped mango. Again, ensure the mango is ripe and sweet, but shouldn’t be soft and mushy.

8. Lastly, add sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Add fruits - banana, grapes, mangoes, strawberries, and blueberries.

9. Fold – Gently fold the fruit into the heavy cream.

10. For a runny consistency, slowly add milk to your desired consistency. I added 1 cup of whole milk.

Gently stir the fruits into the whipped cream and add milk for your desired consistency.

11. The texture should now be smooth, creamy, and slightly runny. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or longer for the best results.

12. Enjoy this delicious dessert cold. Feel free to garnish with nuts such as sliced almonds or chopped pistachios.

Fruit cream should be smooth and slightly runny, garnish with more fruits and fresh mint leaves.

Recipe Tips

Fresh Whipped Cream – I highly recommend making fresh whipped cream instead of using Cool Whip. To make whipped cream, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, do not overdo it, or you’ll end up with butter. Also, make sure you use cold heavy cream.

Fruits to Use – Add sweet fresh fruits. Ensure the banana is ready to eat, it shouldn’t be unripe or too ripe. The mangoes should be sweet, but not overly ripe. For mangoes, I recommend using Alphonso, Kesar, or Red Mangoes – my faves. Ensure the grapes, strawberries, and blueberries are ripe, but not soft.

Fruits to Avoid – Avoid watermelon, raspberries, blackberries, and kiwi. In general, avoid fruits that are watery, mushy, tart, or dark in color. Additionally, avoid canned fruits as they tend to be super sweet.

Serving Suggestion – Serve fruit cream in small trifle cups, martini glasses, small wine glasses, or champagne glasses. Feel free to use glass or plastic. I used these glass trifle cups.


Recipe FAQs

Do I need to whip the heavy cream before adding milk?

My mom makes fruit cream this way also. If you want less thickness in your fruit cream, you can mix heavy cream and milk with vanilla and powdered sugar. The consistency will be almost as thick and runny, and be just as delicious.

Can I use half & half or light cream instead of heavy cream and milk?

I haven’t tested this, but this should be OK. Add half & half to a bowl with vanilla and powdered sugar. Then add chopped fruits and gently stir. This technique will result in a runnier texture with a slightly thick consistency.

Can I use just milk instead of heavy cream?

Yes, you can, however you’ll need to thicken the milk with cornstarch on the stove. I haven’t tried this technique, but this will work too. The consistency will be runny and on the thinner side.

Can I add sweetened condensed milk instead of powdered sugar?

Yes, you may. Using sweetened condensed milk will result in a richer dessert since the consistency of the condensed milk is thick. Add a couple of tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk and more as needed.

How to store fruit cream?

Store fruit cream in an airtight container and refrigerate. It’ll be good for up to two days.

Indian fruit cream in trifle jars garnished with fresh mint with a spoon inside the cup.

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Fruit Cream (Indian Fruit Salad with Cream)

By: Nisha
Fruit Cream also known as Indian Fruit Salad with Cream is an easy, no-fuss summer dessert where chopped fruits are added to sweetened whipped cream, and then lightened with milk. This eggless dessert takes 20 minutes and is customizable using seasonal fruits. It's a favorite among everyone, especially kids.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

FOR WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

FOR FRUIT CREAM

  • add prepared whipped cream
  • 1 1/2 cups banana, sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups mango, chopped
  • 1 cup grapes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup whole milk
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Instructions 

  • Prepare Whipped Cream – Add cold heavy cream to a large bowl along with vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Use an electric mixer and whip the heavy cream. After a couple of minutes bubbles will start to form. Beat the heavy cream for another 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  • Add Fruits – Add sliced bananas – make sure they are not thinly sliced. Also, the banana should be perfect, not too ripe and not underripe. Add sliced grapes. Next, chopped mango. Again, ensure the mango is ripe and sweet, but shouldn't be soft and mushy. Lastly, add sliced strawberries and blueberries.
  • Fold – Gently fold the fruit into the heavy cream. For a runny consistency, slowly add milk to your desired consistency. I added 1 cup of whole milk. The texture should now be smooth, creamy, and slightly runny. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or longer for the best results. Enjoy this delicious dessert cold. Feel free to garnish with nuts such as sliced almonds or chopped pistachios, and fresh mint.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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