I like to kick things up a notch around the holidays. One easy way to do this is to look for places in your normal traditions to add a little “wow” factor. For instance, if you know everyone will be huddled on the sofa watching Miracle on 34th Street with the usual cup of hot cocoa, then why not serve it with brown sugar whipped cream this year. If everyone grabs a cup of coffee before opening gifts then set out a bowl of cinnamon spice whipped cream as a topper. Almond whipped cream could be added to brownies or desserts and sweet jam whipped cream would be delicious on morning waffles.
These little touches are easily put together with a few ingredients from around the kitchen and well worth the smiles you will receive.
Chocolate Lover’s Dream
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, ¼ cup chocolate syrup and 1 tbs. confectioners’ sugar until stiff. Perfect on nut or cream pies
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tbs. confectioners’ sugar and 1 tbs. almond liquer or ¼ tsp. almond extract until stiff. Dollop onto chocolate cakes or fruit pies.
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tbs. packed dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract until stiff. Delicious on brownies or hot chocolate.
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tbs. confectioners’ sugar and 1 tsp. grated lemon or orange zest until stiff. Use on top of pound cake and puddings.
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tbs. granulated sugar, ½ tsp. vanilla extract and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon until stiff. Makes gingerbread or a fancy coffee drink special.
Beat 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tbs. confectioners’ sugar and 2 tbs. seedless jam until stiff. Great on biscuits, waffles or French toast.
Each makes 2 cups.