Maple syrup is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I love the stuff on pancakes, waffles, French toast, and by itself. It had never occurred to me, however, to use it to sweeten whipped cream. I’ve always used powdered sugar to sweeten whipped cream, with the exception of the Chocolate Stampede Cake, which uses 1 TBS of granulated sugar for sweetening the whipped cream mousse.
I recently visited New England, where organic foods and vegan recipes abound. While I’ll never hand in my meatasaurus card and become a vegetarian, let alone a vegan, I did fall in love with whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup. A TBS of maple syrup, and a dash of vanilla extract, are added to cold cream, which is whipped with a whisk. (You can use an electric mixer, but I find that it’s more bother to haul out the hand mixer than it is to grab a hand whisk.) This maple syrup whipped cream is amazing by itself, or with that wonderful fruit that the Northeast is famous for growing. I loved it atop almond meal pancakes, as well. (A post about those is in the works!)
Why does such a simple thing merit a whole blog post, you ask? Because the concept of using a TBS of maple syrup and a bit of vanilla extract to sweeten whipped cream is revolutionary to me. I maintain that whipped cream sweetened with powdered sugar is incredibly good. But this is not only healthier, it adds a subtle maple flavour to the whipped cream. I love this stuff!
The recipe can easily be adjusted to yield varying portions. Feel free to do your thing and ramp up or decrease the maple and vanilla flavouring. Spices such as cinnamon can be added. Use your imagination to create the perfect maple syrup whipped cream for you! With Valentine’s Day coming up, this would be a fabulous accompaniment for strawberries, both plain and chocolate-covered.
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Whipped Cream with Maple Syrup and Vanilla
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 TBS maple syrup
1 – 2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk vigorously with a hand whisk, or beat with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form. If desired, continue whisking / beating until stiff peaks form. Serve immediately.