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When I make whipped cream for dessert and want to do it ahead of serving, I whip it and put it into the refrigerator; however, when I take it out to serve the top portion looks the same but the underside have reverted to liquid......what am I doing wrong?

From Mary Cook Blanshard - Dallas, TX

You're not doing anything wrong! That's what happens to whipped cream when it sits. If you go to my book Make It Ahead, there's a recipe for Make It Ahead Whipped Cream - the trick is to add a little bit of creme fraiche to stabilize the cream.