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As in English, this has many uses. If it comes with a dessert, it probably means mean custard (the stuff you whip or cook with is usually panna).

crema di cacao: crème de cacao.

crema al cioccolato: chocolate custard.

crema del gerrei: a speciality of Gerrei (Sardinia), made of grated pecorino sardo, milk, yeast, salt, and grappa, mixed together into a paste and preserved in a jar topped with olive oil; often fresh herbs, pepper or peperoncino are added as well. Used to spread on toast or pane carasau.

crema Gisella: popular dessert in rural Emilia-Romagna, a bit like tiramisu, made with milk, sugar and egg yolks on layers of biscuits soaked in coffee and Marsala, chilled and sprinkled with chocolate.

crema pasticciera: confectioner’s custard (pastry cream).

crema di riso: rice custard.

creme fritte: a thick cream square fried in breadcrumbs.

torta di crema: custard pie.

Crema can also be a cream soup or vellutata such as:

crema di piselli: pea soup.

crema di funghi: mushroom soup.

crema d'asparagi: asparagus soup.

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