A dessert without whipped cream is like a sky without stars. It’s an essential element that lifts up the whole flavor game. Whether it’s topping your pies, cake, or hot cocoa, or making dips, dollops, or sandwich fillings, whipped cream is a versatile ingredient that rules the game. And the best part, it’s super easy to make at home. You just need to have a few essential tools, unbreakable patience, and a pint of heavy cream.
So let’s get ready to whisk and learn how to make whipped cream at home that’s better than the store-bought one.
#1: The Three Ingredients
First things first. You need to set your tools and ingredients. For whipping cream, you’ll need three things, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. You can go without sugar and vanilla if you want to, but they add a sweet and aromatic flavor to your whipped cream. Take a quarter cup of sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one cup of heavy cream.
#2: Whipping With Electric Mixer
Before you start whipping, make sure your bowl and whisk beaters are chilled in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Take the chilled bowl, pour the heavy cream, and start beating with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat it for a minute or so, until you start seeing some bubbles and firmer peaks. Now, add sugar and vanilla extract, and beat again until you get the desired texture and consistency.
#3: Hand Whisking
Hand whisking is a bit more time-consuming process, but it has its charm. Take a chilled bowl, pour the cold cream, and start whisking at a steady pace. You can hold the bowl steady with a towel underneath, or just steady it with your other arm. It will take around 10-20 minutes to whip the cream, depending on the consistency you want to achieve.
If you over-whip the cream, it will start to separate and form clumps. The good news – you can usually save this batch by stirring in a little warm cream to the mixture. Alternatively, if you under-whipped the cream, you can save it by beating it again. But if you have a runny mixture, add more cream and beat again.
#5: Saving for Later
Once you’ve whipped the cream, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. But make sure not to overbeat it as it will separate and harden over time. You can also make flavored whipped cream by adding your favorite flavors like cocoa powder, cinnamon, coffee, and more.
Let’s Wrap Up!
It’s always nice to have whipped cream at home, and it’s so easy to make you can whip it anytime you want. Whether it’s for special occasions, or if you just have unexpected guests dropping by, whipped cream is a game-changer.
So, get your electric mixer or hand whisk, and get ready to whisk some magic.