Flavored Whipped Creams

I love the cool richness of a good whipped cream. Pair it with fruit, chocolate, ice cream... a spoon. I adore it plain, or with just a bit of vanilla. But lately I’ve been getting more creative with flavors. It’s such a delicious blank canvas! Flavor it any way you’d like, to suit any dessert. Which is just what I did.

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Here I’ll tell you about the three tasty flavor combinations I whipped up. This was so fun.

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What you’ll need:

• Whipping cream – Whipped up, it will double it’s volume. I used a half cup for each flavor combo I made, so ingredient measurements are per half cup of cream.

Orange Vanilla:

• 3 tablespoons orange juice

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Kahlua Cocoa:

• 2 tablespoons Kahlua

• 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Honey Almond:

• 1 tablespoon honey

• 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring

Not pictured: unsweetened cocoa powder

Not pictured: unsweetened cocoa powder

Cream is easier to whip, the colder it is. So a quick tip: chill the bowl and beaters before you get started. A metal bowl works best, if you have one. And whip on medium-medium/high speed. A moderate speed makes it easier to avoid over-whipping it into stiff, grainy peaks.

Note: As long as you haven’t accidentally churned it into butter (no joke!) you can rescue over-whipped cream by hand-whisking a couple tablespoons of fresh cream into it. Not to worry.

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With each flavor combination, whip the cream into soft peaks, add your flavoring gradually as you continue to whip until you have the stiffness you like.

Orange Vanilla

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Kahlua Cocoa

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Honey Almond

Dont’t forget to add the almond, not pictured here. This is my husband’s favorite :).

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They turned out beautifully.

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Each of them was so good, but I think the orange was my favorite. I’m a fan of how cream and citrus highlight each other. I thought it was lovely on raspberries, while Thad preferred the honey almond with his.

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And I put the kahlua cocoa in my hot chocolate. Oh yum.

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I’d love to hear about the flavors you whip up! Get creative and tell me about it :).

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