|Strawberry Shortcake (and slightly over-whipped cream)|
This week’s works for me wednesday post comes from Mike’s family. Apparently this was a little trick his grandmother used to use, and now the whole family uses it. I can’t believe I never thought of this, because it just seems like common sense. (Although if you ask Mike, I tend to be lacking in common sense on occasion).
There’s nothing like the flavor and texture of homemade whipped cream. When I use the whisk attachment on my KitchenAid to whip cream, it works perfectly. I just pour in the cream, start up the mixer, step away for an appropriate amount of time, and all of a sudden I have whipped cream. However, if my KitchenAid is otherwise occupied (or more likely, in the sink and I’m too lazy to wash it), I have to resort to my hand mixer. My hand mixer will eventually achieve the desired result, but not without splattering the whole kitchen with cream. Seriously, I’ve had to clean cream from the strangest places. That’s where this little tip comes in so handy. Use either a paper plate or a paper towel (for photography purposes I chose a paper plate), and slip it over the beaters so that it makes a nice little cover for the bowl while you’re whipping the cream! I watched Mike’s aunt whip cream this way over Thanksgiving and I was in awe! So simple, and yet so very useful.
*Once I tried to whip cream by hand with a whisk. 20 minutes and one tired arm later I was left with liquid cream. It was not a success.
Whipped Cream (from the Joy of Cooking)
Begin with chilled heavy whipping cream, bowl and beaters. You can stick the bowl and beaters in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill them. Beat cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the cream begins to thicken. Add sugar and flavorings, if using, and lower the speed. Continue beating, watching carefully to avoid overwhipping. Stop beating when the cream is just stiff enough to hold itself up.
*I like using 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, about 2 Tbsp of sugar (or powdered sugar) and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.