Thursday, April 29, 2010

Whipped Cream – Two ways

Fresh, homemade sweetened whipped cream is far superior to cool whip or reddiwhip. It takes literally 10 seconds to make, so don’t eat that junk anymore.

You can make an easy, quick version in your blender to top off that ice cream or pie you’re about to eat:


Blender Recipe

1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons powdered sugar (the fresher the better)

Stir all ingredients in your blender and then blend for 10 seconds. Eat immediately, leftovers will melt but will still taste good!

Junior’s Decorator’s Whipped Cream

This recipe is from Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook. The cream is stabilized with gelatin, making it easier to work with because it’s firmer- perfect for piping. You can use heavy or whipping cream, they usually taste the same but whipping cream tends to hold its shape a little better.

1 teaspoon unflavored granulated gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup cold heavy or whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar (I like to use 3 tablespoons powdered sugar instead)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place the gelatin in a small heatproof bowl. Stir in the cold water, and let stand until it thickens- this usually takes about one minute. Cook the gelatin in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds until liquidy and melted. (Yes, it will smell.)

In a medium sized bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer on high until it thickens and soft peaks just to begin to form. With the mixer still running, add the sugar and beat just until the cream stands up in peaks. Beat in the vanilla and melted gelatin until the cream stands up in peaks. Don’t over mix or the cream will curdle and look lumpy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes but not more than 1 hour. Use to fill or frost a cake. (I’ve used it immediately without chilling and it still stands up fine).

Tip: Only fill your pastry bag half full. This makes it easier to control while piping. Squeeze a little cream back into the bowl to get rid of pockets of air.  

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