Do you love whipped cream?? If your family is anything like mine, whipped cream is the best part of most desserts. I use the frozen, store-bought kind for certain recipes, but for the most part, I always make my own. Aside from tasting better, it’s just fun!!!! My kids love helping me with this recipe. They love watching something that starts out looking like milk, turn into something so sweet, fluffy and delicious. And you can make it any flavor depending on what you want. Once, I even made some chocolate covered strawberries with Kahlua flavored whipped cream. I must say, it was AMAZING!!! It didn’t take much, just a splash to get the flavor. Other flavor options could be chocolate (just a touch of cocoa powder), orange, coconut, hazelnut, etc… Just play with different extracts. The possibilities are endless. As always, just have fun and see what you can come up with.
Home-Made Whipped Cream
- 16 oz. heavy whipping cream (or 2 cups)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Start mixing on low speed. If you start on a higher speed, you will have a huge mess to clean up as it will splash out of the bowl. Just keep a close eye on it as it mixes and as you see it slowly start to thicken, you can begin to raise your mixer speed. You’ll want to end up on one of your higher speeds, but you can judge this as you go.
The whole process will take at least 5 minutes (not sure of the exact time, sorry!!). You’ll want to watch for stiff (but not too stiff) peaks to form. My way of testing is by dipping in a spoon or knife. If it runs right back into place, it is definitely not done. You’ll want the peaks to kind of fold over into little curls off of your spoon. But do not over-mix because it could soon turn into butter.
This goes great on so many things… brownies, cakes, pies, fruit, whatever you want!!!