Whipped cream is one of the happiest ways to top any great dessert – pie, cake, ice cream, crumbles or just eat it with a spoon! The only downfall of this heavenly creation is that the shelf life is very short unless you prepare it in a way that makes it stable for days. My stabilized whipped cream tops all our Thanksgiving pies and Christmas desserts and I make it days ahead of time! The hard part is keeping my kids out of the bowl of fluffy perfection before it is time for dessert.
The big meal is just a few weeks away and I am always on the hunt for ways to make the holiday meal run as smoothly as possible. Mainly, that means doing as much meal preparation in the days leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I make our favorite Amish Potato Rolls a week before and freeze them. My famous Garlic Mashed Potatoes are prepped and ready to go the day before. And it wouldn’t be a holiday meal in the Jones household without a big pan of Praline Sweet Potatoes, which I prepare two days ahead of time and keep in the fridge.
When it comes to desserts, or the best part of any holiday meal, I always make sweetened whip cream that lasts for days in the refrigerator. Before I had this recipe, I would make a big batch of whipped cream for the pies right before dinner and by the time dessert time rolled around, the whipped cream had already started to separate and get watery! Grossness.
The peaks of this stuff truly lasts for days and doesn’t change the flavor of the whipped cream. I’ve seen other recipes online that use pudding mixes to help keep it stable but I don’t want anything messing with the perfection of flavor that is whipped cream!Print
- 1 C heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- 1 ounce envelope unflavored gelatin
- 4 tsp cold water
- In a small saucepan, combine gelatin and cold water. Let stand until thick. Place over low heat, stirring constantly, just until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, but do not let it set!
- In your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the cream with the powdered sugar until slightly thickened. Add the vanilla and salt. Turn on low and add the cooled gelatin to the cream. Whip at high speed until stiff. Do not over-beat. Store the finished whipped cream in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.