Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream

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Author Notes: A whipped cream with staying power, from The Food of Campanile by Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton.

"Perfectly whipped cream has a smooth sheen like white, shiny frosting and will hold its shape, but no sharp peaks. Cream must be very cold to whip properly, and it is important to chill the bowl and whisk as well. This is because whipped cream separates very easily and even a little heat enhances the problem.

Cream should be whipped no more than a few hours before use, because it absorbs flavor from all the pungent things that are in your refrigerator. If you must whip in advance, underwhip it slightly, cover it well, and refrigerate until needed. Just before serving, remove it from the refrigerator and whisk it briefly before serving to bring out the full body.

The addition of a little sour cream or creme fraiche to every cup of whipping cream will ensure that beautiful sheen, extra smoothness, and fuller flavor." - Nancy Silverton

Note: You may sweeten this to taste if you like, with a few tablespoons of confectioners' sugar, which will also help stabilize the cream (due to the cornstarch).
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Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche (or sour cream), to taste
  1. To whip by hand, you need a very large bowl and a large, balloon-style whisk. The large bowl is necessary to be able to whip the cream vigorously without making a mess, and the style of whisk is very important: If you whisk is too small or has too few wires, it will take much more effort to whip the cream. Whisking vigorously, it should take about 3 to 5 minutes to bring the liquid cream to the proper consistency.
  2. By machine, start on low speed until the cream thickens enough not to spatter. Increase the speed to medium high and continue to whip, stopping the machine before the cream will hold soft peaks. Remove the bowl from the electric mixer and finish whipping the cream by hand with a whisk. Fold or gently whisk in creme fraiche.
  3. Note: Salvaging extremely overwhipped cream can be done. You must add up to 1/4 cup of cold whipping cream and work it in, stirring with a rubber spatula to restore the proper consistency.

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5 months ago Cathy Barzo

I read somewhere that adding some powdered milk would make whip cream stable and lasting, although I haven't tried it. I'm glad that sour cream can be used as creme fraiche isn't that easy to have on hand.


5 months ago Aaron Patti Morrissey

No sugar?


10 months ago Timmy Kitcher

Please do u make heavy cream??


almost 2 years ago theislands

Cooling the bowl, whisk and cream is key to a perfect whipped cream!


almost 2 years ago Cinnamonbark

Where can I get that BOWL!??! (cool recipe, but I want that bowl!! ) :-D


almost 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

I know, right? I think Amanda got it at ABC Home -- maybe we should start stocking it in Provisions too!


almost 3 years ago abatjour

wonderful indeed...and, it will keep up to four (4) days in the fridge. it ends
up sort of like marshmello fluff (although not as low fat). who knew whipped
cream was a keeper. true "staying power."


almost 4 years ago thecrabbycook

I would put whipped cream on top of EVERYTHING if I weren't concerned about expanding thighs. I'd like a plop of this on my tomato soup tonight...


almost 4 years ago saltandpeppersf

very clever to cool the bowl and whisk as well... will try that next time I whip cream!


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

I love this recipe! My mother always made whipped cream with heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Love the addition of creme fraiche!


almost 4 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

am just cooking my way through The Foods of Campanile, with some detours to the Pastry Cookbook .... have you tried the Tuscan minestrone?