Yes, Virginia, there is a dairy-free whipped cream. Just be sure to keep it cool. From Chloe’s Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli.
MAKES ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS
Vegan whipped cream is possible! Coconut milk is a fabulous, natural substitute for heavy cream.
Note: For best results, Coconut Whipped Cream should chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight before serving.
1 (13.5-ounce) can of coconut milk (not lite), preferably Thai Kitchen brand or Whole Foods 365 brand, chilled, not stirred
2/3 cup powdered sugar
Chill the bowl and whisk of a stand mixer in the freezer for about 10 minutes. If they are not very cold, the cream will not whip properly. Skim the solidified coconut cream from the chilled can of coconut milk and transfer the solids to the bowl of the stand mixer. Do not include any of the coconut water, even if you have to leave behind a little margin of coconut cream (even a little bit of coconut water can harm your results).
Add the powdered sugar and whip for a few minutes until the mixture begins to stiffen and turn into whipped cream. Chill the whipped cream in a covered container in the refrigerator. It should firm up even more as it sits in the refrigerator for the next few hours or overnight.
Chloe’s Tip: Work Quickly
The colder your kitchen and equipment are, the better your whipped cream will hold up. Work quickly to keep everything cool.