Strawberry Whipped Cream

I love me some strawberries. Especially strawberries with whipped cream on top.

Beautiful. Want to know what’s even more beautiful?

Strawberries in whipped cream. Whipped cream filled with strawberries. A match made in heaven. Yes, sir.

Strawberry Whipped Cream

Based on Cupcake Project

You’ll need:

  • 24 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 Tbs. pureed strawberries

The steps:

1. Process or blend about 8 large strawberries until they are reduced to a thick liquid.

2. Whip heavy cream until it looks like whipped cream. Stiff, but not too stiff.

3. Whip in sugar. Once combined, whip in strawberry puree.

Use immediately or store in fridge.

My recommendation: make a double layer chocolate cake (black bean cake, anyone?) and frost the cake between the layers, the top and sides. You’ll have just enough frosting left over for spatula licking. And spatula licking is the real reason we make cake, right? According to one very wise man, “It tastes like summer in my mouth.” Can’t ask for much more than that.

Top your pretty cake with the leftover strawberries. Store in the fridge until it’s dessert time!

I wanna know: What’s your favorite summer dessert?

Whipped Cream

I impulse bought some strawberries today. And needed whipped cream to go with them (duh). Did you know that the first 4 ingredients of cool whip are water, hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup. The fifth ingredient is skim milk. Really!?

After a frantic call to Darcy (“what do I need to make whipped cream!? AHH!!!”) I went back to the dairy section, and found heavy whipping cream. Ingredients: Heavy cream. Praise be. That’s more like it.

This is such an easy process, it’s almost ridiculous.

First, put your bowl and the beaters (either a metal whisk or the whisk attachment to your mixer) into the freezer. Leave them for 10 to 15 minutes.

When they’re good and cold, pour 1 cup heavy cream into the bowl, and get whisking. You can do this by hand, with nothing more than a metal whisk, some iron will, and a sacrificial shoulder (just keep reminding it that it’s worth the cause). I started this way, and then switched to the hand-held mixer. More power to you, though, if you want to whisk by hand. You’ll be my hero.

If you’re using a hand-held or a stand mixer, start it on the lowest setting, and as the cream stiffens, raise the speed. Once it looks like whipped cream, it’s done! Mix it any longer, and it will become more and more like butter.

Add 1 Tbs. powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Whisk to incorporate.

The abridged version:

In a chilled bowl, whisk 1 cup of heavy cream until it turns thick. Do not over-whisk.

When it is the proper consistency, add 1 Tbs. powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Incorporate with whisk. Serve immediately or refridgerate.