Friday, May 16, 2014

Coconut whipped cream

Photo: Kimi Harris
Coconut whipped cream is an incredibly satisfying, lip-licking treat. You can use it to top dairy-free hot chocolate, serve with fresh strawberries, use on top of homemade bubble tea, or serve with a variety of desserts.

Here’s how to make it:  
canned coconut milk
Get a can of full-fat coconut milk. There are some great brands out there, but beware that there is some variation in how much cream is in each can. I've found Thai Kitchen's coconut milk to be reliably full of coconut "cream." Put in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours or overnight. This chilling process helps separate the solid cream from the more watery part of the coconut milk. 
scoop out the solid coconut cream
Scoop out all of the solid coconut cream on the top of the can ...
put the coconut cream in a bowl
... and place in a bowl. 
Coconut Whipped Cream
Using a hand blender or a large whisk, and beat for about 20 seconds, until fluffy. Don't overbeat as that will make it too warm and start to melt the coconut milk. 
add vanilla extract to whipped coconut creme
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1-4 tablespoons of sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar). Whip again for about 10 seconds, until combined. 
Finished coconut whipped cream
Serve right away, or keep chilled. Enjoy within a couple of hours.