[Collegiate Desserts] Handmade Whipped Cream





Introduction: [Collegiate Desserts] Handmade Whipped Cream

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If you're like me... You can't enjoy the pumpkin pie you just made without whipped cream. And nothing beats homemade whipped cream (perhaps we can make an exception for sex -- maybe, it's up for debate).

Here's my method for one serving of homemade whipped cream by hand and by power tool ;)

Sorry the pictures are not as nice as my previous food related posts -- I didn't setup any lighting, I was in a rush to satisfy my pumpkin pie craving and I ran out of pumpkin beer awhile ago :P

Step 1: Ingredients

Heavy whipping cream
vanilla extract (a few drops) or real vanilla
Spoonful of sugar

You're also going to need a tall cup and a whisk that fits inside.

Step 2: Prepare

Pour a small amount of whipping cream into a tall cup. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoonful of sugar.

Next comes the tedious, but worth it, task of whipping. Hold the whisk between the palms of your hand and whip away. Keep whipping until it becomes frothy - then whip some more. You can stop when peaks start to form when you remove your whisk and the cream holds its form.

The idea is to add air bubbles... Small ones. Eventually, you get an air bubble structure capable of supporting itself. If you keep whipping, the structure will become too dense to support itself and it will collapse into dense solids... Also known as butter ;)

Step 3: Upgrade!

Got a power drill?

Attach a fork or whisk on the end ;) This will save you some time ;)

Of course, if you're making a larger batch and you have a beater/mixer -- go ahead an use that. I suspect a blender would work well too.

Step 4: Uses

Use where you'd normally use whipped cream.... except this whipped cream won't fall apart like it's canned counterpart.

The only problem is... once you're hooked on the homemade variety of whipped cream -- nothing will ever compare ;)



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    use where you'd normally use whipped cream
    I don't get it: It "is" whipped cream. Things are really going bad in your culture if people have to be told how to make a food whose name is it's own recipe: Whipped Cream: step 1, whip some cream. Thanks for watching and tune in next week when we tackle the mysteries of Baked Potatoes and Boiled Eggs.

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    ROFL!!!!!! I showed this to my mom & we both died laughing! "take a potato & bake it. Take an egg & boil it," my mom said.

    I must agree with that one.

    Yeah,it should be use where you'd normally use cool whip.

    I ask you, good sir, dismount the high horse from which you speak. As a baby, could I throw you into the ocean and expect you to swim? As a child, were you able to tie your own shoes? Or as an adult, did you just know how to make cloudless chicken soup from scratch?

    These things are not instinctive... and I have never seen anyone prepare it in a cup. And for my target audience (those likely new to the cooking scene), even the most simple tasks might be impossible if they were never shown in one way or another. For the curious, chicken soup becomes cloudy when overcooked -- heat over time after the chicken is added is the enemy (unlike most other soups).

    Culturally, I'd prefer having a manual on how to do things rather than a culture where "be nice" (as the red box below says) means insulting other cultures.

    hehehehe, though somethings are a little redundant, like a "don't flip upside down" warning on the bottom of some dessert:P

    indeed. good DAY sir! :). yummy recipe trebuchet. thanks!

    great ible i love your alton brown tool =]

    Wow, just absolutley wow. I took some (homemade) crepes, dark chocolate spread, and this whipped cream, and it was friggen delicious!!!

    Hey, thanks for the Instructable.

    I have tried the fork-in-drill method and wasted two newer drill batteries and about 90 minutes getting that stuff to whip. We didn't have a whisk (still don't, come to think of it...) and so I thought a fork would work. The difference between our method and yours was that we were working in a normal mixing bowl -- probably a significant difference.

    I'd also like to point out that, shortly after my fork-failure experience, I went to the store and spent $11 on a hand-held electric mixer...$4 cheaper than the manual one (which, I'll add, had a flimsy *plastic* ring gear!). Now I'm mixin' in style!

    Say it, treb! Kick his self-righteous arse!!!!! excellent recipe too _

    The fork drill is my fav part, the image alone deserves a comment... love it!

    Please post a video of this in action. Works on eggs too? L

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    Good timing :) Just yesterday I tried 1.5 cups of cream in the blender and got a short video -- with excellent results :P I need to upload it, it should be up by tomorrow evening ;)

    I use a wooden spoon in my drill for mixing up juice and such.

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    That's a great idea... I'll have to see if my spoons fit my chuck :P It's probably better on my pots too :P

    OH YES, I see you've mastered the fork drill idea :-P.


    Try putting it in a mixing bowl and whisking by holding the whisk in one hand and the bowl in the other. Angle the bowl slightly so that as you whisk you're picking up the cream and folding it over itself.

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    That would be a more traditional method of making heavy whipped cream (which totally misses the point of this instructable). Unfortunately, such a small batch doesn't fare well in a bowl (as seen in my pictures).