If you’ve never made real whipped cream before, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Knowing it isn’t full of the rotten ingredients that tubbed whipped cream from the store has will make you feel great, too. (Things like trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, food additives, etc.) Besides, it tastes much better, as all real foods do! The easiest way is to use a Bosch mixer — a stick blender would work too but it’s not hands-free that way.
My favorite way to enjoy whipped cream is on top of crème brûlée!
How to Make Real Whipped Cream
- 1 1/2 cups real cream (“whipping cream”) — raw cream is best, but especially avoid anything ultra-pasteurized!
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
- 1/4 cup (or more) of organic powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, whip cream until it starts to thicken. Using a cold bowl and cold beaters helps it to thicken more quickly. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and whip more until it’s the consistency you want. Taste test to see if it needs more sugar. (See how little you can get by with and still have it taste good to your family – it will depend on what you’re putting it on.) This only takes a few minutes. Do not over-whip or it will turn into butter. Trust me. Get it just to where it is nice and whipped, and turn the mixer off.
If you’re using it in a recipe, see the tip below about stiffening it up nicely so it holds its shape.
Powdered Sugar or no?
You know, I don’t know why I’ve always used powdered sugar, maybe just because my Mom did? (Although my Mom has since told me she didn’t use that so who knows where I got that from!) I assume you could easily substitute a better sweetener like palm or coconut sugar. That’s what everyone tells me anyway. If you put the sugar in your food processor, I’ll bet it would make it finer so the whipped cream stays lighter. See the comments for more good information!
A commenter below suggested this for stiffening up the cream to use in recipes:
“Take 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin and mix with 4 teaspoons of cold water. Place briefly on the stove until disolved. While beating the whipped cream, slowly add the gelatin (it does not have to be cold). This helps to stabilize the whipped cream for cakes and mousse.”
I’m going to try this soon, but I’m wondering if anyone else has tried it already?
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