The angle: There's ice cream...and then there's making stuff with ice cream! This book is all about those desserts that are made from — or made better — with ice cream.
Recipes for right now: Cream Biscuits with Peach Jam Ice Cream, Extra-Strength Root Beer Ice Cream, White House Cherry Ice Cream, Macaroon Cake, Blueberry Cobbler, Oatmeal Cream Sandwiches, Cast Iron Pancake
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone currently craving ice cream.
• Who wrote it: Jeni Britton Bauer
• Who published it: Artisan
• Other highlights: With Faith living in Columbus and myself a former resident of that fair city, to say that we are big fans of Jeni's is a slight understatement. You can even take a tour of Jeni's facility with us! We devoured her first book and I can't wait to do the same with this one.
This cookbook is divided into three main sections. First, we're given a host of brand new ice cream recipes, including those made with her classic egg-free ice cream base as well as classic custards, her new vegan "Crème Sans Lait" ice cream base (!!!), multiple frozen yogurts, and sorbets. Here, as always, we are treated to Jeni's unique ice-creamy vision with such delights as Wheatgrass, Pear & Vinho Verde Sorbet, Pumpernickel Ice Cream, and Juniper & Lemon Curd Ice Cream. However wacky and outlandish these sound, I promise you (as someone who has sampled most of them) that they are mind-blowingly delicious.
Next up, we have a section of baked goods: cakes, cookies, fritters, biscuits and all the other bakery goodies that can be paired with ice cream. There's less flash and dazzle here —after all the ice cream still needs to be the star of the show — but these recipes promise to become kitchen standbys in the years to come.
And last but not least, Jeni puts it all together. In the section whimsically titled "Sundae Bar" she has page after page of parfaits, ice cream cakes, sundaes, and other delights that combine the ice creams and baked goods of previous chapters into magnificent creations. This is where the magic happens.
I enjoy Jeni and her ice creams so very much. This book just deepens my admiration and my sorrow at having moved so far away from my personal ice cream mecca. (Sorry, Bi-Rite. I love you too.) I know there are a lot of ice cream books out there vying for your attention this summer — this one deserves a spot on your list.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer
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