What You Don’t Know About Whipped Cream

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Think you know everything about whipped cream? Here’s the best way to make it and some great flavor variations.What You Don't Know About Whipped Cream

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What You Don’t Know About Women is from City of Angels. Opening in 1989, this musical comedy features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart. Set in the 1940s, this musical features a private eye called Stone, who is the imagination of detective novelist Stine. The action crosses unusual boundaries as Stine re-writes scenes and Stone talks back to Stine.

The two women in Stone and Stine’s lives (one fictional, one in the “real” world) sing a duet about how mis-guided their men are about women: “What you don’t know about women’s only a drop in the ocean next to what you don’t know about me!”

OK, I hear you, it’s a tenuous link to whipped cream. But is whipped cream JUST whipped cream, or is it more complicated? Will menfolk EVER understand it? OK, I’m stopping now.

So, whipped cream is simply heavy (or double) cream, whisked until firm. However – did you know that the best way to make it is if the bowl and whisk have been placed in the freezer first? They only need about 10-15 minutes, but it makes all the difference!

For a generous amount of whipped cream, use 1 cup of cream with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. A stand mixer is my beater of choice – but a balloon whisk or hand mixer are other alternatives.

What You Don't Know About Whipped Cream

Looking for a flavored whipped cream? Here are some ingredients you could add to one cup of cream before whisking:

  • 2 tsp of espresso powder and 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbs brown sugar and ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp finely grated orange zest, and ½ tsp orange flower water
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder and 1 tbs sugar (mix cocoa into 2 tbs of the cream first before whisking)
  • 2 tbs sugar and 1 tbs rum
  • 1 tbs sugar and 3 tbs lemon curd
  • 2 tbs real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sugar and 2 tbs melted mint jelly
  • 1 tbs sugar and 1 tbs Bailey’s or Amaretto liqueur
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