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Food52 Ice Cream and Friends, by the Editors of Food52

4 Apr

33843312Format: e-ARC, 176 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

To Be Published: April 11, 2017

ISBN: 9780399578021

Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine

Back cover blurb: A friendly collection of recipes, riffs, toppings, and serving ideas for ice creams of all styles.

In Ice Cream & Friends, the editors of Food52 unearth 60 recipes for everyday and special occasion frozen desserts—like coffee frozen custard, cinnamon roll ice cream, and grilled watermelon cremolada—and put their own spin on enduring favorites: spiced fudgesicles, cherry-mint snow cones, even a modern baked Alaska. There are also tips and tricks for reviving melted ice cream, getting even creamier scoops, and spiffing up the store-bought stuff, as well as homemade versions of cones, mochi, sprinkles, Magic Shell, and more.

My review: My daughter and I love making homemade no-churn ice cream, so this book was perfect to give us a few new flavour suggestions. As well as some old favourites, the editors of the Food52 blog have come up with some unusual combinations, including black pepper and feta or butternut squash and tahini ice creams, and tomato, peach and basil sorbet. I think we’ll definitely be trying the carrot cake ice cream, yummy baked alaskas, chocolate tacos, and the Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake, and will attempt to make our own Magic Shell, cones and sprinkles from their recipes. There’s even a genius tip for curing brain freeze, which will certainly come in handy!

The photographs are gorgeous and make your mouth water, and the instructions are clear and written in a chatty manner. I’m now keen to check out the authors’ other cookbooks and blog.

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 4/5

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Easy Homemade Icecream

14 Jan

A bowl of our easy homemade vanilla chocolate chip icecream. Photo taken quickly before it disappeared!

Trying to find things to do in the summer school holidays is often a challenge, but baking is one thing my kids are keen to help me with.

Yesterday we decided to make homemade icecream, and I have to say it was a total triumph. I had made a different recipe once before which was similar to this but went all icy when frozen. Yesterday’s effort, though, turned out lovely and creamy after a night in the freezer.

We made a simple vanilla chocolate chip version, but almost anything goes as far as flavours are concerned. My friend Diana, whose receipe this is, said the only variation she has not had success with is kiwifruit.

Easy homemade icecream

300ml cream

3/4 of a 395g tin of sweetened condensed milk

Flavour options:

4 tsps instant coffee or coffee essence

125g melted chocolate

2 or 3 scraped out vanilla pods or 1-2 tsps vanilla essence

crushed berries or other pureed fruit

(We used 1 tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.)


Beat cream until thick but not buttery, adding condensed milk toward the end.

Mix in your choice of flavour. Freeze until set, preferably overnight but four hours or so can sometimes be enough.

My family all agrees this tastes better than bought icecream (and might even be cheaper)!

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Writing for the Pop Culture Literate.

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