I soaked one cup cashews in warm water for about two hours. If you are thinking ahead, soaking overnight will soften the cashews even more, making them easier to blend. After soaking, I blend the one cup of cashews with approximately 1/2 cup water on low speed until well blended. I add more water as necessary, but only in small amounts so as to encourage blending without making the cream too watery. This process usually takes about 5-6 minutes. If you are planning to DOUBLE this recipe, you can leave the entire cashew cream mixture in your blender and double all remaining ingredients, pouring them right into the same blender as per the instructions.