These flavored whipped cream recipes are great to refer to when you want to add variety to your desserts or drinks.
They are a great way to add extra flavor to your holiday day desserts, milkshakes, puddings, cakes, and other desserts and drinks that require that extra special touch.
What is whipped cream?
Whipped cream is heavy whipping cream that can be beaten with an electric or hand mixer until it becomes light a fluffy.
Whipped cream is often flavored with vanilla and 2-3 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and you may know it as cream chantilly, creme chantilly, or vanilla whipped cream.
Because of its simple flavor, it is often used to decorate desserts and drinks, but you can easily add other flavorings to it for variety.
The cream can be whipped into soft, medium and firm peaks depending on what you are going to use it for.
What Are Soft, Medium, And Firm Peaks
Soft, medium, and firm peaks are just various stages of the beating process.
To make peaks add the flavorings and sugar to the cream. Then beat the cream until you see it start to thicken, stop beating, and lift the beaters out of the cream to check the peak stage.
Continue or stop whipping the cream to the desired peak stage.
Soft peak cream
If a peak forms and flops over immediately, it is a soft peak.
If a recipe calls for soft peaks, you can stop beating, but if it asks for medium or firm peaks, continue to beat the cream for a little longer to get the correct consistency.
Soft peak cream is the best for folding into other mixtures such as blancmange or making fruits in cream.
Medium peak cream
If the peak stands well, but the tip of the peak curls over, it is a medium peak.
If you whip medium-peak cream for a little longer, it turns into firm peaks.
Medium peak cream is best for sandwiching cakes together or for serving with things like our eggless scones.
Firm peak cream
If the peak stands well and does not curl over onto itself, it has become a firm peak, and you should stop beating the cream.
If you continue to beat the cream after the firm peak stage, it will split and won't be nice to use.
Tips for Whipping Cream
The cream will always whip up better when chilled, so if you are whipping cream on a hot day, place the bowl and beaters in the fridge (or freezer if you have room) for 30 minutes before using.
Having the bowl and beaters well chilled before use will help to keep the cream nice and cold as you whip it up.
And always use fridge cold cream, don't leave it out on the kitchen bench for too long before using you don't want it warm.
How long does homemade whipped cream last?
You can make whipped cream several hours before serving and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.
If you want to keep it for longer or have it hold its shape for a few hours as a piped decoration on a dessert, stabilize it.
Stabilizing whipped cream
If you are going to pipe whipped cream and want it to hold its shape for longer stabilize it by adding things like milk powder, cream cheese, or gelatin.:
- Milk powder - whip in 1 tablespoon of skim milk powder for every cup of cream you use.
- Cream cheese - use 113 grams (4 ounces) of softened cream cheese for every cup of cream. Beat the cream cheese with the sugar until soft, and the cream and whip to your desired consistency.
- Gelatin - place a few tablespoons of cold water into a small bowl, sprinkle on half a packet of gelatin, and let it stand for 5 minutes. Microwave for 10 seconds and stir to dissolve. Mix this into the cream close to the end of whipping.
What can you use flavored whipped cream for?
Flavored whipped creams are a great way to add variety to your favorite desserts for example:
- Serve maple whipped cream to your favorite pumpkin pie or apple tarts.
- Add a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream to an old-fashioned apple crisp.
- Decorate a chocolate pecan pie with chocolate or coffee-flavored whipped cream.