I posted a really good recipe for a Pumpkin Crisp (it's so good!!) on facebook the other day. At the end of the recipe, I wrote that homemade whipped cream would be so good with it. I got a few messages about *imitation whipped topping* ~shudders~. The girls at work are the same way. I say whipped cream and I get these stares and mumbles of *imitation whipped topping*. Let me make this abundantly clear:
Imitation Whipped Topping AND WHIPPED CREAM ARE NOT.NOT.NOT! THE SAME THINGS.
I am sure that you have heard the same things that I have about whipped cream...tales of having to chill the beaters and bowls....adding your sugar at the precise right time....having to use a whip attachment. Well, that is horse hockey. I promise you that making whipped cream is not hard at all and your family will be amazed and will forever love you for it. To make whipped cream, you need the following ingredients: *Whipping cream--I used 16 ozs. You can use a half pint and just adjust the measurements. Do keep it in the fridge until ready to use.
*2 1/2 Tab Sugar ( I have also used Splenda but did not for this recipe)
*1tsp Vanilla---you can use any flavoring of your choice. I also love almond extract.
I hear you asking why my Vanilla is in that gargantuan bottle and not one of those little petite bottles that you get at the grocery store. My vanilla is from Mexico. I think it has a much richer and deeper flavor. Plus, I am a little drawn to the swarthy vaquero with his lasso. I think he is Juan Valdez's cousin. Throw your whipping cream and sugar into your bowl and have at it. Not a great pic...so sorry. I just wanted you to see the sugar on top of the cream before I started mixing. I do have a whip attachment on my mixer but you do NOT have to have one. A regular hand mixer with beaters will work just fine. Beat until it starts to be firm up. That is when I put in my vanilla and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mine takes about 2-4 minutes to beat and get stiff. It will look like this: It will hold a peak and not run off your beater. See! Nice and firm. Put it in a bowl and pop it into your fridge until ready to serve. MMMMMMMMM......homemade pumpkin pie and whipped cream.... I promise you it is well worth the extra 5 minutes it will take to throw this together.
Disclaimer: No cream was actually harmed during the making of the tutorial for this blog. It gave up it's life nobly and with great pride and dignity.
Disclaimer #2: I dropped the CW and inserted imitation whipped topping as to not incur any wrath from the corporation gods that be.
.....wants to settle down on a little ranch and raise chickens and little pints of whipping cream.