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For my father-in-law's birthday we were going to be having mud pie for dessert so I decided to make a key lime whipped cream to go on it. I decided to use my iSi whipping siphon so I could show it off. The process of making traditional whip cream with it is very easy.
You simply combine all the ingredients for the whipped cream. In this case it was heavy cream, powdered sugar, and fresh key lime juice. You then pour the ingredients into the whipping siphon and seal it. Give it a few good shakes to make sure everything is combined then charge it with 1 N2O cartridge (or two, if using a quart siphon).
You can store the whipping siphon full of whipped cream in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it, or you can use it right away. To serve it, give the siphon a few good shakes, turn it upside down and dispense the whipped cream.
This whipped cream is very good on any heavy dessert because the acidity from the key limes helps to cut the flavors and lighten the dish.
If you do not have a whipping siphon you can still follow the recipe and mix it well using an electric or hand whisk until the whipped cream forms.
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2-3 tablespoons fresh key lime juice
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture into the whipping siphon and seal. Charge with a N2O cartridge.
The whipped cream is now ready to serve but you can refrigerate the whipped cream siphon at this point until you are ready to use it.To serve, shake the siphon several times. Turn the siphon upside down and dispense directly onto the dish.