Friday, 11 August 2017

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

The classic ice-cream book by David Lebovitiz, The Perfect Scoop has been reissued by Jacqui Small publishing and what a delight this Summer book is. Although I own almost 200 cookbooks, I only own one ice-cream book. The Perfect Scoop wa posted through my door at an ideal time as I wanted to use more of my ice cream maker during the British Summer.  The Perfect Scoop is a critically exclaimed book and considered to be one of the better ice-cream books.

Making ice-cream is incredibly easy especially with an ice-cream maker, but what makes this dessert book so different is the range of flavour combinations. The Perfect scoop not only covers ice-cream recipes, but also recipes for sorbets, granitas and sweet accompaniments. The author must have been eaten a lot of frozen desserts as this is a very comprehensive book on how to make the perfect ice-cream , such as how to make the perfect ice-cream custard and how to increase flavour combinations such as alcohol and fruit. Flicking through this book, I really like David's enthusiasm and chatty approach. So far, I've made a couple of the recipes, the peanut butter ice-cream and the pineapple sorbet, the first is like a taste of heaven.

The chapters in this book are divided into the following chapters:
  •  Basics, In this chapter, key ingredients are covered, extracts and equipment. 
  • Ice Creams- My favourite chapter, recipes to try include Peanut Butter Ice-Cream, Milk Chocolate Ice-Cream, White Chocolate Ice Cream, Coffee Ice-Cream, Green Tea Ice-Cream, Butterscotch Pecan Ice-Cream, Tiramisu Ice Cream and Peach Ice Cream. There are also a number of frozen yogurts in this chapter including: Blueberry Frozen Yogurt and Vanilla Yogurt. 
  • Sorbets and Sherbet, stand out recipes include Mango Sorbet, Pear Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet, Pineapple Sorbet and Pina Colada Sorbet and Papaya - Lime Sorbet. 
  • Granitas, delightful looking recipes include: Plum Granita, Nectarine Granita, Champagne Cassis Granita  
  • Sauces and Toppings, lots of  recipes for luscious sauces including Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Salted Butter Caramel Sauce  and Blueberry Sauce.
  • Mix-ins, recipes to try include: Peanut Brittle, Fudge Ripple and Marshmallows. 
  • Vessels, great accompaniments for ice-scream, stand out recipes include Crepes and Chewy-Dense Brownies. 
Recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream
180g smooth peanut butter
180g sugar
660ml single cream
pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Puree the peanut butter, sugar, single cream, salt and vanilla in a blender or food processor until smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. 

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