Recommendations from The Perfect Scoop
I finally splurged and bought The Perfect Scoop. I was so excited, I had to try a recipe immediately. I was going to a barbeque with a Middle-Eastern theme, so I decided the apricot-pistachio ice cream would be the perfect thing. Well, I hated it. Hated it! I blame the apricots - it just tasted like baby food to me. The texture was stunning, I just couldn't stand the taste.
So, help me fall in love with this book after all. What are some of the best recipes? I have previously made the chocolate peanut butter ice cream, found from another source, and did adore it.
We are working our way through this book this summer. Here's what we've made so far:
-Both the vanilla and chocolate are great--great bases for a variety of stuff you might want to mix in.
-Strawberry sorbet--intense intense flavor, really good.
-Toasted almond and cherry--we made this without the almonds and instead added mini-chocolate chips, great texture and flavor, I recommend the addition of chocolate!
-Blackberry-lime sorbet--just made this this weekend, gorgeous color, not too sweet, you can really taste the lime
-Orange popsicle--totally a summer flavor, but it definitely tastes more popsicle-y as opposed to creamsicle-y, so just a note depending on what you're looking for. It does have creamsicle-y hints though. Another winner.
-Cherry sorbet--eh. Just ok...it was more a texture thing, almost mushy, which doesn't scream "winner" to me.
Next up: mint chocolate chip and lemon speculoos. Have fun!!
The Salted Caramel ice cream is to die for. Absolutely an ice cream version of caramel. Be warned though, its quite rich!
I don't think you need the toffee crunch in it, but it is kind of nice to practice caramelizing a smaller amount of sugar, to get a feel for it (before you do the whole 2 cups that goes into the ice cream). Also, mine definitely seized up as the recipe warns you, but I just was patient and kept stirring till (most) of the solids had dissolved. Well worth it!
We've been working out way slowly through this as well. I"m making the Peach frozen yogurt today actually...base is chlling in the fridge at the moment.
We like the Philadelphia Vanilla a lot. I make this frequently for friends along with some of the hot fudge and the candied cherries. Always a big hit.
The cheesecake ice cream was also a huge hit(topped with balsamic marinated strawberries).
The vanilla custard base is good. We prefer the PHiladelphia style straight as a straight vanilla but have used the custard as a base/jumping off point for other flavors. Peppermint was a particular flavor.
I made the fig ice cream last year and we liked that a lot too.
Haven't tried any of the chocolates yet.