It is no secret that I am a whipped cream aficionado. I like it in many forms- from a can, home-made, semi-frozen- even cool whip when added to a brownie-heath bar trifle makes me happy. (Just please do not pass off whipped cream as frosting. I love frosting. I love whipped cream. Frosting and whipped cream are not the same, and have discrete applications.)
Coming down the pike on this space will be a comprehensive review of all of the available (in my area) canned whipped creams and I am more excited for the blind tasting/evaluation than you can imagine.
The key to the very best homemade whipped cream is to use the best quality heavy whipping cream you can find. Some grocery store versions have less fat- which is no bueno for making whipped cream. If you are finding that your cream never whips- it may be your fat content to blame. I buy heavy cream from the dairy in my town (Shaw Farm)- and if you have a local dairy this is a great way to highlight a local product AND have a better chance of a successful outcome. For whatever reason, the local dairies tend to leave more of the fat in their cream (or it naturally has a higher fat content)- so this means it tastes better and behaves better for all cooking applications. Win!
I personally don’t find that I need to freeze my bowl or my beaters- my cream usually whips fine in room temp bowls. I use an electric hand mixer most of the time, but I have in fact done it with a whisk- and that was sorta fun. The cream stays much softer if you do it 100% by hand, which is glorious for serving with a dark chocolate tart.
For ice cream sundaes, which is what we were making, I lightly sweetened the whipped cream. Daphne added 1 tablespoon of regular sugar to the cream prior to beating it. We also added a hefty teaspoon of vanilla.
Whipped cream is best made right before serving- so your kitchen will probably look like mine- a touch messy from just serving 8 people and 3 kids dinner. No problem! Just sweep away some things to make room for one large bowl! Make sure your bowl has high-ish sides, otherwise you end up wiping whip off your walls.
If your assistant needs a boost, grab a chair. My assistant was also a little nervous about the highest speeds on the mixer- so while I usually do whip my cream on the highest setting, we settled for medium and everything worked out just fine! Begin whipping on low to dissolve the sugar, then step up the speed in increments.
Making whipped cream is interesting and entertaining business. Samson needed to see what’s up- and you can also see Elise’s feet (on sock on, the other sock stolen by Isaac). Pretty soon all 3 will be up on stools and be put to work!
Daphne declared the ‘cream’ delicious- and judging by how little was left (none, by the time I got to it)- it was certainly a success.
1 cup best quality heavy whipping cream
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Beginning on a low setting, beat cream with an electric mixer. Increase the speed until soft-firm peaks are held. Do not over beat- you will have butter (not a bad thing, but not whipped cream, either). Serve immediately.
Also- Daphne and I matched and we thought that was great. The only thing I am missing is a princess hoodie- but we decided that since I was wearing a shade of purple that everything would be OK.
How is everyone’s week going? I am running today, and then doing muscle pump. Later I have plans with Nicole @ TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere to finally meet in person and get some froyo! SO PSYCHED! Mine is going to look like ALL of the toppings… I promise to try to be a good blogger and take pictures