* 1 cup heavy or whipping cream, cold
* 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Beat the cream in a large chilled mixing bowl until it starts to thicken. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla, if using, while continuing to beat. The whipped cream is ready when it holds a stiff peak. Be sure not to overbeat or you'll have butter.