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Whipped Cream Pie Topping

Whipped Cream Pie Topping 8.000

Mark Weinberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Erin Jeanne McDowell for The Washington Post

Nov 18, 2020

It's hard to resist whipped cream in any form, but it's especially true when it tops a delicious pie. And making your own fresh whipped cream takes mere minutes, especially if you use an electric mixer. Keep everything cold, including whisks and bowl, for the quickest and best result.

Storage Notes: Whipped cream can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


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Tested size: 8 servings; makes 2 cups enough for one 9-inch

  • 1 cup (240 milliliters/235 grams) cold heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

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In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a large bowl and a hand mixer), whip the cream on medium speed until it begins to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes.

With the mixer running, add the sugar in a slow, steady stream, then continue to whip until medium-soft peaks form that still curl down slightly at the ends, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vanilla, if using, reduce the mixer speed to low and mix to combine.


Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping: Whisk 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder into the sugar before adding it to the whipped cream.

Whipped Cream “Sauce”: This is essentially just under-whipped cream but with the texture of creme anglaise. Whip the cream only until it’s aerated and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon — it should be too soft to be considered whipped cream.

Recipe Source

From cookbook author and recipe developer Erin Jeanne McDowell.

Tested by G. Daniela Galarza.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 128

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 11g 17%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 41mg 14%

Sodium: 12mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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