Ah, Pinterest. It’s like a visual Siri with a better sense of humor. I just sent my mother a Pinterest invitation, because she has yet to join (even though my dad has). Please let me know if you’d like an invite as well. I’m truly excited to see just how addicted my mother will become to the site. My dad swears he will only be using it for recipe ideas, but, we’ll see Dad, we’ll see.
If you aren’t familiar, there is something called a “Pinterest Fail.” A fail happens when you try to recreate the fantastic project you pinned on Pinterest and it just doesn’t turn out. Let me introduce you to my thrice over Pinterest Fail:
These two Pinterest finds are whipped coconut cream, each from a can of coconut milk. What a fun idea! This is what TheKitchn.com has to say about this little treat:
I found that this works really brilliantly;”the cold cream whips up into thick yet airy whipped cream. It does taste strongly of coconut, however, as you might expect. So if you do not like the flavor of coconut, this is not for you. But if you want something creamy and non-dairy to go with a summer dessert, then this is a fantastic option. The coconut cream is naturally a little sweet, so you can leave it unsweetened. Or you can add a touch of vanilla and sugar to make it a little sweeter — up to you! –thekitchn
I’ve bought four cans of coconut milk to date and just today was able to get something resembling whipped cream. Let me tell you what won’t work.
Fail #1: Don’t use light coconut milk. Even if it is the only variety that Trader Joe’s carries. Go to another store. It doesn’t work.
Fail #2: If you buy coconut milk from an Indian market, don’t turn it upside down to open it. Even if the bottom edge is easier for your can opener to open. The coconut water won’t be separated from the milk and you’ll have the same results you I had in fail #1, no whipped cream.
Fail #3: The can must be chilled. Almost gave up.
First success: I chilled the can, pulled out the cream (as per these instructions at Happy Healthy Life) and I went out back to blend with my hand mixer for a good five minutes. Max was napping and I’ll do almost anything to not wake that kid up. I thought my little mixer was going to start smoking, but I kept on!
Dallas joined me once I was back in the kitchen and insisted on adding eighty-four pounds of sprinkles to the whipped cream. I was able to snag a couple spoonfuls away for a photo first.
So, would I recommend this Pinterest find? Only if you are looking for a non-dairy topping AND you like coconut flavor. That sort of shrinks the population that would benefit from this byb (bust-your-budonkadonk) recipe. However, if you are up for a challenge, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 T. sugar or other sweetener
- A mixer that can whip anything into submission
Spoon out the coconut milk, leaving the watery substance in the can. Add ingredients into a metal bowl (works best if chilled) and let your mixers show you what they are made of!
Tomorrow is another Road Trip segment! We are deciding between a trip to Yosemite or Disneyland right now and I think the mouse may have won. I’m hoping all this road trip talk will keep driving food on my mind and make the long drive a breeze. Keep wishing? Ok.