The Perfect Dollop

A picture from Chef Debra's interview with KGW showing Chef Debra with a warm piece of apple pie and whipping cream

It’s the holiday season and we have pies on our minds but do not want whipped cream on our fingers. The Blind Kitchen has the answer!

The Whipped Cream Problem

Vision-impaired cooks cannot see the pie and don’t want to touch the whipped cream with their fingers making it difficult to put an attractive dollop of on a piece of pie. 

Chef Debra showing the perfect dollop of whipping cream on a piece of apple pie
Chef Debra, a fresh piece of apple pie, and the perfect dollop of whipping cream.

The Perfect Dollop Solution

Use a wide-mouth funnel and a portion scoop! Put the funnel right where you want it on the piece of pie with the smaller circle on the top of the pie piece and the larger circle of the funnel facing the ceiling. It will not leave marks if you use the lightweight plastic ones. (The Blind Kitchen has these as part of the Straining System in our Stovetop Collection or purchase the Wide-Mouth Funnel/Straining System individually.)

Using a funnel and scoop, Chef Debra demonstrates how to add the perfect dollop of whipping cream to a piece of pie
Using a funnel and scoop, Chef Debra shows how to add a perfect dollop of whipping cream to a piece of pie

Scoop whipped cream into the portion scoop and deposit it into the center of the funnel that you have placed on the top of the pie where you want the whipped cream to land. The wide size of the canning funnel makes a nice target. The whipped cream will stay in the center of the funnel as it is trapped there. 

Then, use a portion scoop. (The Blind Kitchen has a one-ounce Portion Scoop which is a nice amount for an average piece of pie). 

Remove the funnel and the dollop stays on the pie
Lift the funnel straight up and the perfect dollop stays on the pie

Finally, use a small silicone spatula to run around the top of the lump of whipped cream, drawing it into an attractive swirl. When you are finished, pull the funnel straight up and the whipped cream will be exactly where you want it and will have an attractive swirl.

Using a portion scoop also ensures that each dessert guest will have the same portion and look.

Next steps

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