Junior's Decorator's Whipped Cream

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Junior's uses a lot of whipped cream. Take a tip from the bakers: stabilize the whipped cream to make this decorator's version. It's much easier to work with and holds its shape perfectly. We found that beating in a little melted gelatin works well.

At Junior's, they a use a certified Kosher stabilizer, not gelatin. If this is a concern for you, ask your local Kosher grocer for a gelatin replacement.

Decorator's Whipped Cream

1 teaspoon unflavored granulated gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
1 cup cold heavy or whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Makes enough to decorate the top of one 9-inch cheesecake (double the recipe to frost and decorate the top and sides of one 9-inch cake)

1. Place the gelatin in a heatproof measuring cup, stir in the cold water, and let stand until it swells and thickens (this takes only about 1 minute). Cook the gelatin in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds or over a pan of simmering water for about 1 minute, until clear and completely melted.

2. In a medium-size bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer on high until it thickens and soft peaks just begin to form. With the mixer still running, add the sugar and beat just until the cream stands up in peaks (don't overmix or the cream will curdle). Beat in the vanilla. Now, add the melted gelatin all at once and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but not more than 1 hour. Use immediately as a cake filling or frosting or refrigerate.

For Whipped Cream Rosettes:
Fit a pastry bag with a large closed-star tip (#133) or a large open-star tip (#199). Half fill the bag with the whipped cream and pipe large rosettes all around the top or bottom edge of the cake. For smaller decorative stars and rosettes, use a medium closed-star tip (such as #27, #31 or #35) or a medium open-star tip (such as #22 or #32). The closed-star tips create deeper grooves and more details than the open-star ones, but both work fine. Put the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes to set the decorations. Transfer to the refrigerator until time to serve.

The Junior's Way
Fill the pastry bag only half full with whipped cream, then twist it tightly near the top. Squeeze a little cream back into the bowl until the pocket of air near the tip escapes. Lightly squeeze the bag. You're now ready to decorate any way you wish.

Recipes reprinted with permission from "Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook" by Alan Rosen and Beth Allen (The Taunton Press)
© 2007 by Junior's Cheesecake, Inc