All it takes is a bowl and a whisk (or electric mixer) and a few minutes of your time. Then dollop on a piece of pie, spoon onto shortcakes, or layer in parfaits.
How to Make Whipped Cream
Makes about 2 cups.
1. In a deep mixing bowl, beat 1 cup heavy cream until soft peaks form.
2. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar over cream; beat until soft peaks return. Do not overbeat.
Note: If you prefer, you can replace the granulated sugar with an equal amount of confectioners' sugar; to prevent any lumps from forming, use a fine-mesh sieve to sift the sugar over the cream.
Make sure the cream is very cold; if you have time, chill the whisk (or beaters) and bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes. This will help the cream whip quickly and will increase its volume.
Choice of Tools
A large handheld whisk is very easy to use. If you are using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed, being careful not to overbeat (the cream will turn buttery). To use an immersion blender, whip the cream in a large liquid measuring cup (or other deep, narrow container) instead of a bowl; to avoid spattering, keep the blade submerged.
If you plan to use any flavorings, such as extracts, liqueurs, or spices, add them with the sugar in step 2.
Whipped cream can be refrigerated, covered, for up to two hours before serving.