Learn how to make luscious homemade whipped cream with this simple recipe. Your whipped cream will turn out perfectly, every time. Don’t forget to chill your bowl and beaters in advance! Recipe yields about 2 cups whipped cream.
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey or powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For quicker results, place your mixing bowl (either sturdy glass like Pyrex or stainless steel) and beaters (if using a hand mixer or stand mixer) in the freezer to chill for at least 15 minutes, or overnight.
When you’re ready to make whipped cream, combine the chilled cream, sweetener and vanilla extract in your bowl. Start blending at low speed and increase to medium-high.
Continue blending until the cream increases by nearly double—it might seem like you’re not doing much for a while, then the whipped cream will progress fairly quickly through stages.
For soft peaks, continue blending until the mixture resembles melted ice cream and retains light swirl marks when you lift the mixer. For medium peaks, continue blending until the mixture retains more significant, closer-together swirl marks when you lift the mixer and mostly retains those swirl marks when you scoop it onto a spoon (this is the classic consistency that you would see dolloped on a pumpkin pie). For stiff peaks, continue blending until the mixture has tight swirl marks and resembles Cool Whip (you could ice a cake with this texture). Don’t overdo it, or your cream will start turning into butter!
Use whipped cream as desired. Whipped cream will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. If the mixture has separated a bit, gently stir it back together with a spoon. Homemade whipped cream loses some volume over time, so you may need to lightly whip it again to achieve the original texture.
Change it up: For flavored whipped cream, you can add 1 or 2 teaspoons bourbon or whiskey, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice blend, or 1/4 teaspoon mint or almond extract. Or, try 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or peanut butter. For whipped cream with a light tang, add up to 2 tablespoons thick yogurt or crème fraîche.
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