Store bought whipped cream is one of those items that I can no longer justify for a couple of reasons. The main reason is cost. Whipping cream is less than half the cost of a tub of Cool Whip. Another reason is because of the taste. Homemade whipped cream tastes much more fresh. Believe it or not, you can really tell a difference.
I do not remember the first time I made my own whipped cream because it was a long time ago, but I do remember being very surprised on how quickly it came together. And when I came to the conclusion that it was cheaper and tasted better, it was a no-brainer to me that I should no longer resort to store-bought. It just didn't make sense anymore.
It seems appropriate to share this recipe now that the weather is finally starting to warm up and you should be enjoying some fresh fruits very soon. Try making this whipped cream to dip your fruits. Trust me, you won't turn back to the other stuff.
Homemade Whipped Cream
Yield: Makes about 12 ounces
2 cups whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 - 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, to taste
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar, then mix until fully incorporated. Be careful not to over-beat.
Source: Pennies on a Platter