Australians use whipped cream for many different things. You can use it to garnish desserts, mix it into coffee or alcoholic beverages, or even eat it alone as a treat. No matter how it is enjoyed, some essential tips and tricks to whipping cream will result in the perfect consistency every time.
When using whipped cream, it is essential to whip it perfectly to ensure the best results. You can use several techniques to whip cream, each of which will result in a slightly different consistency.
Use cream chargers
Cream chargers are small cartridges filled with nitrous oxide gas. When this gas is released into the cream, it helps to create a whipped cream that is both fluffy and stable. To use cream chargers, you will need a whipper or dispenser. Place the cream charger into the whipper and screw on the lid. Then, point the nozzle towards the cream and release the gas. The cream will start to expand and thicken almost immediately.
Use a hand mixer
You can still whip cream using a hand mixer if you do not have a cream charger. Place the cream into a bowl and mix it on low speed. Once the cream thickens, increase the speed until stiff peaks form. This method will take longer than cream chargers, but it will still result in a fluffy and stable whipped cream.
Use a whisk
Whisking cream by hand is possible, but it will take quite some time and effort. Start by placing the cream in a bowl and whisking it on low speed until thick, slowly increasing the speed until stiff peaks form. If your arm gets tired, you can also use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
Use an immersion blender
An immersion blender is a handheld mixer that can be used to quickly and easily whip cream. Place the cream in a bowl, insert the immersion blender, turn it on, and mix until thick, slowly increasing the speed until stiff peaks form.
Use a food processor
You can use a food processor to whip cream, although it will take longer than an immersion blender. Start by placing the cream in the food processor and pulsing it on and off until thick; then, turn on the processor and mix until stiff peaks form. You may need to stop the processor several times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
How to ensure the best results
Choose the right cream
When whipping cream, choosing the right type of cream is crucial. Heavy cream, also known as whipping cream, is the best choice because it contains a higher fat content, meaning it will be easier to whip and will result in cream with a better texture.
Chill the cream
Before you start whipping cream, it is essential to chill it to help prevent the cream from overheating and splitting. Place the cream in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before you begin whipping.
Sugar helps to stabilize whipped cream and prevents it from deflating. It also adds sweetness and flavour. For best results, add sugar gradually while whipping the cream, starting with two tablespoons and adding more to taste.
Use a cold bowl
A cold bowl will also help to keep cream from overheating and splitting. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before you begin whipping cream.
Whip slowly at first
When you first start whipping cream, do so slowly to help prevent the cream from splattering. After the cream thickens, you can increase the speed.
Do not over-whip
It is also essential not to over-whip cream, as it will result in a cream that is too thick and may even cause it to curdle. Stop whipping when the cream forms stiff peaks.
What Australian desserts use cream?
Pavlova is an Australian dessert that consists of a meringue base topped with whipped cream and fruit. It is conventionally made with strawberries, but you can also use other fruits.
Trifle is another Australian dessert made with layers of cake, custard, fruit, and cream. You can make it with any cake or custard, but vanilla sponge cake is commonly used.
Banoffee pie is an English dessert that consists of a biscuit base topped with bananas, toffee, and cream, often served with coffee or tea.
Chocolate mousse is a French dessert that consists of chocolate, cream, and egg whites. It is typically served chilled.
Strawberry shortcake is an American dessert that consists of a biscuit or cake base topped with strawberries and cream, often served with ice cream or whipped cream.
Cream puffs are a French dessert that consists of cream-filled pastry balls. You can serve them plain or with various toppings, such as chocolate sauce or fruit.
Flan is a Spanish dessert with a custard base topped with cream. You can serve it plain or with various toppings, such as fruits or chocolate sauce.