If string cheese and yogurt could join forces and embark on a gripping interstellar journey, you’d expect NASA to be all over it, right? Well, hear me out – I’m not venturing into the cosmos, but I do have a fascination about everything up there. So, imagine my surprise when my endless scrolling through space articles led me to the most ethereal discovery – and it wasn’t even light-years away! In fact, it’s been hiding right here in my kitchen.
The quest for the smoothest, fluffiest whipped cream, I’ve realized, is sort of like a space race of its own. We’ve all been there – trying every trick to whip up that perfect, billowy consistency, only to end up with an over-whipped or watery mess. Fear not, Fellow Home Cookstronauts! Your days of deflated whipped cream are about to blast off into oblivion.
I’ve finally unlocked the secret formula to make cloud-like homemade whipped cream that’ll have you weeping tears of joy. (Happy-tears only though, we don’t need any extra liquid in our cream!) Brace yourselves, as you’re about to embark on an inspiring, delectable experience packed with the fluffiest, creamiest goodness that you can conquer right from your kitchen. And the next time you’re stargazing, remember, even the most astonishing miracles are often tucked away right where you least expect them, like the luscious treasure you’re about to learn how to create. All systems go? Let’s whip-it, whip-it real good!
- Heavy whipping cream – The main ingredient for this whipped cream, it gives the cream its creamy texture.
- Granulated sugar – Adds sweetness to the whipped cream to balance the flavors.
- Vanilla extract – A classic flavor that adds warmth and depth to the whipped cream.
- Cornstarch, cream of tartar, or powdered milk – These ingredients can be used to stabilize the whipped cream and make it hold its shape better. However, they are not necessary, and whipped cream can still be made without them. If not using a stabilizer, it may be a bit harder to maintain the shape.
- When it comes to making whipped cream, the key is to keep things chilled. You’ll want to start by putting your mixing bowl and whisk attachment (or your electric hand mixer) in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- Once everything is nice and chilled, grab your bowl and add in your heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of almond or peppermint extract for a different flavor.
- Now it’s time to mix it all up. Using your mixer on medium-high speed, beat the ingredients together until you see stiff peaks forming. If you’re using an electric hand mixer, this will take a bit longer, so just be patient.
- If you want your whipped cream to hold its shape a bit better, you can add in a stabilizing ingredient such as cornstarch, cream of tartar, or powdered milk. Just keep in mind that these ingredients will change the flavor a bit. And who wants a bland whipped cream?
Serving Suggestions for Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is a classic topping that’s not just for desserts! It adds a light, creamy and sweet touch to any dish. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Top your favorite pie with a generous dollop of whipped cream for a classic dessert that never gets old.
- Add a touch of sophistication to your morning coffee by swirling in a spoonful of whipped cream.
- Mix some into your hot chocolate for a decadent treat on a cold day.
- Make a fruit salad extra special by adding a generous helping of whipped cream.
- Use it as a topping for your favorite ice cream sundae for an extra creamy and sweet treat.
- Use it to make a delicious fruit dip by mixing in some fruit preserves or honey.
- Use whipped cream as a filling for a cake or cupcake for a creamy twist on a classic dessert.
How do I stabilize whipped cream?
To stabilize whipped cream, you can add an ingredient such as cornstarch, cream of tartar, or powdered milk. For example, use 1 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed in with your other ingredients, or use ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar. Powdered milk is also a great option, use 2 teaspoons of powdered milk. Stabilized whipped cream holds its shape better than regular whipped cream, making it a great choice for icing cakes or keeping longer in the refrigerator.
Can I use an electric hand mixer for making whipped cream?
Absolutely! In fact, the recipe specifically mentions that an electric hand mixer is a great alternative to using a stand mixer. Just make sure to chill the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before using.
Can I use a different type of sugar?
You can definitely experiment with different types of sugar! The recipe calls for granulated sugar, but you can try using powdered sugar or even brown sugar. Just keep in mind that different types of sugar may change the flavor and texture of your whipped cream.
Is this recipe suitable for vegans?
Unfortunately, no. This recipe calls for heavy whipping cream which is derived from milk and thus not vegan-friendly. However, There are many plant-based alternative like coconut cream or even aquafaba that can be used in whipped cream recipe for vegans.
Can I make a larger batch of whipped cream?
Definitely! The recipe as is makes about 1 serving but you can easily double, triple or quadruple the ingredients to make as much as you need. Just keep in mind that as the quantity increases, the whipping time may also increase.
Homemade Whipped Cream
- Electric mixer or stand mixer
- Mixing Bowl
- Whisk attachment
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Chill the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
- In the chilled bowl, add the whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Using the electric mixer, whisk the ingredients on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.
- Taste the whipped cream and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
For a lighter texture, use half-and-half instead of heavy whipping cream.
To incorporate different flavors, try adding different extracts, spices, or sweeteners.