Homemade Whipped Cream Stages – Soft Peaks and Stiff Peaks
Learning how to make whipped cream is easier than you think. It’s amazing and fluffy for all your desserts! Enjoy this easy whipped cream recipe.
How to Make Whipped Cream Recipe
There’s so many reasons why you should have a batch ready in the fridge. First of all, you can sweeten it to your liking rather than buying pre-made overly sweet packaged whipped topping. Second, the texture and flavor is so much better when it’s homemade. Lastly, it’s so easy to make and easily stores in the fridge. When you have a batch of great desserts, you definitely want to treat them right and top them with the homemade stuff.
Easy Tips and Advice:
1. You can whip the cream in a stand mixer, using a hand blender, or by hand using a whisk. For smaller amounts it is fairly quick to just whip by hand, reducing your cleanup to just a bowl and a whisk. If using a stand mixer and you don’t have a bowl splatter guard, wrap a piece of plastic wrap between the bowl and stand mixer head to contain the cream flings. Or start at a slower speed until it begins to thicken and then start to speed up.
2. Use heavy whipping cream. The higher the fat content, the better the cream will hold firm.
3. Chill the cream, bowls, beaters, and or whisks. Usually we don’t bother chilling everything, but at least make sure the cream is nice and cold. However on those hot kitchen days, having everything chilled will make the whipping easier. If the cream gets too warm you may have issues getting it to hold up.
4. Add the flavorings (sugar, vanilla, etc…) towards the end of whipping the cream to maximize the volume.
5. Watch for changes in whipped cream stages closely. Especially with smaller volumes of cream, it will change form soft peaks, to stiff peaks, to over whipped fairly quickly. Even when whipping using a stand mixer, we like to finish to the final consistency by hand for better control. If piping the cream, whip just slightly under the stiffness you want since the action of piping the cream will actually whip it a touch more.
6. If you over whip the cream by a little bit (it just starts to get grainy) stir in more cold cream (a couple tablespoons – 1/4 cups worth) with a spatula. However if you’ve over whipped it too much, you might as well keep whipping a make some butter. There is no saving it for whipped cream at this point.
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Homemade Whipped Cream Stages
When whipping cream, recipes often call for one of two stages of fluffiness. Beat to soft peaks. And beat to stiff peaks. Here’s a visual guide and some tips to help you get to correct whipped cream stage.
1. No Peaks. After a couple minutes, the cream will have gone from runny and having big bubbles to thickening a bit and becoming smooth. At this point if you lift the whisk out of the cream it will still be too liquidy to hold its shape.
2. Soft Peaks. After lifting the whisk out the cream will hold its lines but the top peaks will be soft and after a second or two will fall back on itself.
3. Stiff Peaks. Now after lifting out the whisk, the peaks will hold firm. Perfect.
4. Over Whipped. Oh no. If you whip the cream to much it will start to break down and become grainy. The fats and liquids are now separating. If it is just starting to happen you can save it (see Whipping Cream Tips #6), otherwise you might as well keep going a make some butter. Delicious cream it a too good to waste.
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 cup (240ml) cold heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla in a high-sided bowl or mixer. Whisk to soft peaks or your desired stiffness. - Tips - Start slow to avoid splattering the cream everywhere. After it starts to thicken increase speed to get closer to the desired texture. When you are getting close to soft peaks, slow down again or whisk by hand to finish. It can go from soft peaks to overwhipped and breaking fairly quickly.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Delicious Desserts with Whipped Cream
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