I was wandering through Whole Foods the other day and spotted this beautiful display of fresh berries. Right at the top of the display was a gorgeous container of fresh whipped cream.
It got me to thinking and I decided to try making my own whipped cream at home. After all the display looked so fantastic that my mouth was watering and this is a great time of year to get all sorts of fresh fruit to go with the whipped cream.
So I can tell you this is incredibly simple to make and you can do it in about 5 minutes.
The nice thing about making your own is not only the taste but that you can control the ingredients.
I happen to have some Cool Whip in my fridge at the moment and I was looking at the ingredients. Yikes!
But you can make your own whipped topping that tastes delicious with just 3 ingredients.
Here is how you can make your own whipped topping- this really couldn’t be easier and I hope you give it a shot.
1. Basically you just whip the heck out of heavy cream. You can whip by hand or with a mixer. I used my KitchenAid. It makes a nicer whipped cream if the bowl and whisk are cold. I placed the bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for about 20 minutes before hand.
2. Measure 1 cup of heavy cream into your bowl. Don’t use half and half- use heavy cream.
3. In the mixer you want to just mix away until you start to see peaks forming. I had the mixer on medium to high speed and I would say it took about 4 minutes. If you over mix you will have butter on your hands so don’t walk away.
4. Once you start to see the peaks forming add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. (You can substitute regular sugar but powdered sugar keeps a smoother texture.)
5. Mix a bit more until it starts to thicken and it looks like whipped cream.
Now turn off the mixer and enjoy!!
The girls and I had a bit of a feast with a bowl of berries and scones. This does taste much different then what you buy at the store. It has a much cleaner and fresher taste in my opinion. You can adjust the amount of sugar to suit your tastes.
And you can put this in a container and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Just whisk it a little to get it nice and fluffy again.
You can mix in whatever floats your boat here to make this really wonderful. I am going to treat myself to hot chocolate tonight and I think I am going to add a bit of cinnamon to my whipped cream. I was thinking that I might try a little coconut milk in the whipped cream the next time I buy mangoes at the store.
If you decide to try this out, I’d love to hear what you think!
And if you want to try homemade hot chocolate, this Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate recipe is my favorite:
Another idea is to whip this up and pop it in a container and add it to a care package of food. You can see more meal ideas for new parents or sick friends here. This would be so yummy with a huge fruit salad and some pastries.