I love words and there is something about finding just the right words to describe a feeling, sensation or taste that makes me sublimely happy. [I am fully aware that this is odd.] The word “special” kept popping in my head as I tried to come up with words to describe just how delicious this topping is!
I initially brushed it off as too generic to be an appropriate descriptor, but the New Oxford American Dictionary defines special as “better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual; exceptionally good.” And that is exactly what this Lemon Whipped Cream is: exceptionally good.
Possibly my favorite thing about Whipped Cream is that it is fantastically easy to whip up (pun semi-intended, part of me is cringing)!
This Lemon Whipped Cream is shockingly easy and wonderfully versatile! It comes together in 5 minutes and it has the perfect balance of tart and sweet!
1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
freshly grated lemon zest from 1 medium lemon ~1 tablespoon (careful not to grate the bitter pith!)
Chill your whisk and bowl. (Just know that if you get all ready to whip and realize that you forgot this step, relax, it will whip up just fine as long as the bowl didn’t just come out of the dishwasher.)
Pour whipping cream into your chilled bowl and sift powdered sugar directly over the whipping cream. Whisk briskly to combine.
Add the lemon zest. You can taste it at this point to see if you would like to add more zest.
Whisk vigorously until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Continue whisking if you want stiffer peaks or if you want to pipe the whipped cream.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until needed. Whisk vigorously if the cream has fallen.
If you are unsure how sweet you want your whipped cream, you can start with 2 tablespoons, add your lemon zest, taste and add more sugar from there. So flexible. Love it.
I personally prefer to whip my whipped cream up by hand. You certainly could use a hand mixer but I think it whips air into the cream too quickly and it dilutes the taste.