Besides making soup, one of the most common uses for an immersion blender is whipping cream. Of course, this makes perfect sense, since the higher rotational speeds achieved by immersion blenders are far superior to those of your typical hand mixer. As a result, whipped cream made with an immersion blender is typically much airier, smoother, and holds up better than your average mixer whip.
And the even better news is that making whipped cream is a snap. Here is a standard recipe that works like a charm every time. It makes about 2 cups.
What You’ll Need:
- one and a quarter cups of heavy cream (must be chilled)
- two tablespoons of very finely-granulated or powdered sugar
- one and a half teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
Combine the ingredients in a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl. A chilled bowl is ideal but not necessary. Attach wire whisk to immersion blender and place into bottom of bowl. Start off on low speed and keep blender still as cream begins to thicken, then moving up and down slowly for the remainder of the mixing process. Continue blending just until delicate “peaks” begin to form as you stop and pull the blender from the mixture – don’t overdo this, we’re not making cheese!