Serious Eats: Sweets

How To Make Flavored Whipped Cream

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Every year I try to change up my dessert game at Thanksgiving. Maybe I'll swap in one cake or trifle for a pie, or sometimes I'll make a cookie plate to serve with coffee. One extra easy way to add a new touch is to serve flavored whipped cream with your pie. In addition to being unexpected—most people don't think to put maple flavored cream on their pecan pie and that's a shame—you don't have to incur the potential trauma of actually removing the pies from the menu. Want some flavor ideas? Come right this way!

But first, a few reminders to ensure you make awesome whipped cream at home:

OK. Now let's get to the amped up version. Making flavored whipped cream starts the same way as making regular whipped cream: place your heavy cream in a bowl and beat or whisk it until soft peaks form. At this point, you add your extra flavors and your sugar. Extracts, like vanilla, almond, or lemon, are a possibility. Booze works too, and spices are fair game. One thing to keep in mind is how sweet your add-in is on its own. Maple syrup doesn't need extra sugar, but almond extract does.

Here are recipes for 5 of my favorite flavored whipped creams.

Maple Whipped Cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup (Grade B if possible) and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until stiff peaks form.

Vanilla Whipped Cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (again, this is the flavor of the cream, so use the best!) and 1 tablespoon sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.

Cinnamon Spice Whipped Cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Beat until stiff peaks form.

Chocolate Whipped Cream: In a double boiler or the microwave, melt 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips. Let chocolate cool until still liquid but not hot, about 5 minutes. Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Add remaining chocolate and 1 tablespoon sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Almond Whipped Cream: Whip 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and beat until stiff peaks form.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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