We’re in a summer-y mood here at Cook the Books headquarters! So for this month, no slaving over a hot stove! No shaping of buns! No curing of meats! Instead…we’re gonna churn up some ice cream! Care to join us? Good! Now, don’t do this!
There are a lot of great and well-known cookbooks out there to get you in your kitchen churning out ice cream We chose one that tickled our fancies. So this month, get your grubby mitts on Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes For Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery.
Here’s what I like about this book. First, it’s lovely. Second, you get recipes for not just ice cream, but also for the cones to put it in, the sauces to ladle all over it, and cookies to smash on it to make ice cream sandwiches. Cookiewiches! The best things ever!
Also, on a more serious tip yos, the authors make it a point to discuss seasonality and how the quality of the ingredients you toss into your ice cream maker matter. And based on my early perusals of this book, the authors get you to think creatively about ice cream. They give you the tools to make the quality base ice cream, and the inspiration to start experimenting with what you want to put it in…the sky’s the limit!
All you need for this month is an ice cream maker and some dairy products. Your ice cream making machine can be a regular old ice cream maker, one of those $900 blenders that makes ice cream, or even one with rock salt and a hand crank…it doesn’t matter! Just get churning! The authors here stress that quality, organic dairy elements will give you the best results, but use what you have. Betty Draper likes it!
So get churning! It’s too hot to cook anyway. Invite your friends over and surprise them with some homemade ice cream! Wouldn’t they just flip if you did?!
And share what you made! Send us a link (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your post about your ice cream by August 26th or so, then I’ll post a link later that week to let you know what everyone else tried. Fun!
Now go…churn the book!