I’ve been having a look at the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Book for the last few days (I couldn’t resist on my recent visit to the huge Foyle’s book shop in London).
So far I’ve tried out their sweet cream base (the one they use in their store bought ice cream), and I’ve made a batch each of strawberry, vanilla and cookie dough flavours. The ice cream is thick, velvety and pretty much exactly the same as the stuff you get in the shops. It’s really really good. Here’s a glimpse at my vanilla ice cream, straight from my Cuisinart ICE30 ice cream maker.
Now, this is not a definitive guide to homemade ice cream making (it’s a relatively thin 125 pages long), but let’s face it – making ice cream is actually very simple. Once you’ve got the basics mastered, the rest is pure experimentations (and that’s where the fun comes in). This is a fun and cheap recipe book that will help you do just that; master the basics.
The book starts out with a brief history of how Ben and Jerry got into the ice cream game. Personally, I’m interested in this kind of thing, but if you couldn’t give two hoots about business matters then you can skip straight to page 20 and get on with the ice cream theory!
You’ll start off by learning a few basic things about making ice cream, how you start with a basic ice cream base that is always the same and add flavour depending on your mood. Ben & Jerry’s provide you with three base creams and then launches straight into the recipes. There’s a nice variety of recipes here from their world reknowned Health Bar Crunch, through to good old Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavour.
At the back of the book, they take through various extras that you might need such as butterscoth sauce and, yes, the cookie dough you’ll need to make my favourite flavour.
All in all, it’s a great start to making ice cream. The cute and colourful illustrations give it a lot of character, and make ice cream making a perfect activity to enjoy with the kids too.
The Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Recipe book isn’t a sophisticated book, nor is it the definitive guide to homemade ice cream. But it’s cheap (and certainly cheerful), fun and the recipes are delicious. Plus it gives you enough knowledge in ice cream making to get onto the really fun stuff – concocting your own exciting flavour combinations!