I have a love hate relationship with cool whip. I enjoy having cool whip on desserts like cobbler or pudding. However, cool whip is full of junk. It contains many ingredients that I know are not healthy.
I also have a love hate relationship with real whipping cream. I love the taste of it. It is perfectly rich and creamy when whipped just right, but it is extremely high in fat. Yes, it is real food, but even just a small amount adds up to a lot of fat and calories.
So, when I saw a recipe for homemade whipped topping, I was very interested, especially since it contained an ingredient that is a staple in gluten free kitchens. This recipe contains xanthan gum.
This really seems almost to simple to work, but it really did. Now, this is not quite the same as either cool whip or whipped cream. It is a little different. I think the best way to describe it is very airy. I am not sure this would hold up well in a layered dessert, but this works great for many things. We have been serving this with fruit and fruit salad. I also think this would work well for cobblers and berry type desserts.
The original recipe said to make it in a vitamix. I did that the first time I made it and it worked fine. However, I was pretty sure this would also work well in my kitchen aid mixer. So, I gave that a try. It worked great in my kitchen aid mixer.
Since I know most of you do not have a vitamix, I am giving the directions for the kitchen aid mixer. This may work in other mixers, but you need to whip this really fast, for quite a long time. So, the results may vary if you use something else.
Homemade Cool Whip
- 1 cup milk, cold
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
Mix all ingredients together and whip on medium for about 2 minutes. You need to use the wire whip to mix this. Then turn to medium high, this is about speed 6 0r 8 and mix for another 6 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency.
This post linked to Tasty Tuesday.