Whipped cream is a truly wonderful thing. This lightly sweetened, rich and creamy topping can single-handedly take a dessert from good to great in a hot second. Whether you've got a crisp, cobbler, pie, ice cream, or even just some ripe summer berries, no treat is complete without a giant dollop of fluffy whipped cream.
Just when you thought whipped cream couldn't possibly get any better, it can — all it takes is one of these 10 tiny upgrades to make it happen.
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10 Little Upgrades to Make Whipped Cream Even Better
1. Fresh herbs: Infusing the cream with fresh herbs (especially basil or tarragon) is my favorite way to flavor whipped cream. Place the cream and herbs in a small saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer (use 1 small bunch herbs per 1 cup of cream). Remove the pan from the heat, let the herbs steep, and remove them once the cream has completely cooled. Then whip the cream as you normally would.
2. Rose water: I had this recently and it blew me away. Add just a tiny bit of rose water, and your whipped cream will be fragrant, floral, and utterly wonderful. Use one teaspoon of rose water per one cup of cream.
3. Orange blossom water: Similar to rose water, orange blossom water adds a gentle fragrance to whipped cream. It doesn't have a citrusy zing quite like zest; instead it's subtle and sweet. Use 1 teaspoon of orange blossom water per 1 cup of cream.
4. Cocoa powder: Probably the only thing better than regular whipped cream is chocolate-flavored whipped cream. Use 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder per 1 cup of cream.
5. Alcohol: The key isn't to go totally boozy with this one — a little goes a long way here. You want just enough to add a hint of flavor to complement the dessert that goes with the whipped cream. Use 1 tablespoon alcohol per 1 cup of cream.
6. Extracts: Pick your favorite extract (almond or peppermint, perhaps?) and blend it into fresh whipped cream. Use 1/2 teaspoon extract per 1 cup of cream.
7. Coffee: Coffee whipped cream a perfect topping for any chocolate dessert. Use 2 teaspoons espresso powder or coffee crystals per 1 cup of cream.
8. Melted chocolate: Make chocolate desserts even more chocolate-y with chocolate whipped cream. (It's even more delicious than it sounds.) Use 1/4 cup chocolate and 1 tablespoon sugar per 1 cup cream. Heat the sugar and cream in a small saucepan, and once the sugar is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted. Once the mixture is completely cooled, whip until fluffy.
9. Zest: Make desserts even more citrusy by whisking in lemon, lime, or orange zest to add a zing to whipped cream. Use 1 teaspoon of zest per 1 cup of cream.
10. Cinnamon: Whipped cream on apple pie and pumpkin pie is a total given, but the one extra thing that will make those fall flavors sing is a hint of cinnamon in the whipped cream. This version would be equally amazing stirred into a mug of hot cocoa. Use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon per 1 cup of cream.
What's your favorite way to flavor your whipped cream?