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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

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Ice cream with whipped cream on top
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Whipped cream is one of those toppings that is perfect on most desserts. Pumpkin pie, angel food cake, and ice cream sundaes are all better when they have the perfect dollop of whipped cream on top.

Making homemade whipped cream is easy and will give you a better result than you can find in any can or tub. Why? A homemade product can be changed and adapted to suit your needs and your tastes. Learn how to make perfect whipped cream by tasting as you go and experimenting with the amount of sugar you need.

Yield: About 2 cups whipped cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. Using a hand mixer, stand mixer, or whisk, whip the cream together with the vanilla extract and half of the powdered sugar.
  2. Once the cream thickens and begins to hold its shape in soft peaks, grab a clean spoon and taste the cream.
  3. Continue whipping the cream, adding the remaining sugar as needed to reach the perfect level of sweetness for you. Your whipped cream is finished when it holds stiff peaks. This means that, when you pull the beater or whisk out of the cream, it forms a peak that holds its shape and doesn’t fall over.

Tip:

  • There is no one perfect recipe for whipped cream because everyone’s taste is a little different. That’s why it is a good idea to only add half of the sugar up front when you are making a recipe like this. The rest can be added later as needed, and you won’t wind up with cream that is too sweet for your taste. Plus, a lightly sweetened cream is a good choice for desserts that are already very sweet.
  • You can experiment with substituting the vanilla extract for other flavored extracts to find the perfect flavor for you. A little almond extract can bring an interesting flavor to whipped cream.
  • If you whip your cream a little too much and the texture begins to look grainy, add a little more cream and gently mix them together to soften the mixture.
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