Kitchen Basics: Whipped Cream

How to make whipped creamRecently a very sweet reader emailed in and asked that we share some basic kitchen skills/knowledge now and again. I LOVED this idea because I remember when I first started getting into cooking and was feeling a little overwhelmed at times. I've had a lot of ah-ha moments over the years (heck, I still have them!). Some things are easier than you think, or just one little trick makes all the difference.Homemade whipped creamFor example, did you know that making homemade whipped cream is about the easiest thing in the world. The first time I whipped up a batch I was totally blown away by how simple the process was. And having fresh whipped cream ready at your next family dinner is an easy and fun way to impress!Diy whip creamHomemade whipped cream, makes about 3 cups.

Needed: 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

In the bowl of an electric mixer pour the cream, beat on medium for about 3-4 minutes until the cream begins to thicken. Add in the sugar and extract and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. You can do this by hand with a whisk; adjust your beating time (add on another 5-8 minutes).Easy whipped cream recipeEasy right? Add a little whipped cream to ice cream, brownies, warm pie or to top off a cake. If your feeling experimental swap out the vanilla extract for another flavor—like mint extract. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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