Three day weekends are always a favorite…add in gourmet homemade ice cream with family and it’s even better 🙂
We LOVE ice cream, especially Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream from Columbus. OH. Her flavors and quality are amazing. Bluwaterguy has visited Jeni Bauer’s scoop shops in Columbus and we have ordered her ice creams online a few times for special holidays. Now Jeni has published a book of her recipes and “how-to’s” to make her ice cream at home!
I met Jeni at a food shop here in Atlanta, got her book and was so happy to find all the flavors we have loved. The book is the story of her passion for ice cream, discovering food science, and designing a business her way…and oh, the ice cream! She includes over 100 of her recipes for ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbets, toppings, and fabulous frozen desserts.
We made two flavors this weekend, a sorbet and an ice cream, and they were both delicious! We started with one of our favorites, Salty Caramel – which Jeni says makes up 20% of her sales, so you know it’s good. Salty Caramel morphs into Gravel Road by adding chopped smoked almonds.
Jeni recommends a 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart ice cream freezer, and it is the simplest thing ever. Having grown up with the ice and rock salt version that required constant monitoring, we were amazed at quick and easy it is to use this freezer, and the smooth quality of the ice cream.
After finding a sorbet recipe that included two of my favorite things – watermelon and lemonade – I had to try it. This Watermelon Lemonade sorbet was super simple and had such great juicy melon flavor, we got to debating the southern “do you like salt on your watermelon” question…which led us to wonder if this sorbet would be good with a salt sprinkle…and it was! Truly the tastes of summer in a refreshing frozen treat.
On this traditional end of summer Labor Day weekend, we enjoyed a bunch of our favorites…college football, dinner on the grill, time with friends and family, and the first of many new ice cream adventures. I can’t wait to make the Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Torched Marshmallows – an unexpected favorite from last Thanksgiving. Oh, and the Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet which always sounded so good, but I’ve never gotten to taste. Thank you Jeni for sharing your recipes and know how, and thank you Bluwatermom and Bluwaterguy for being my ice cream buddies. Over 100 recipes…oh, the possibilities!
Of course, as I always say, it is still summer until the autumnal equinox, so more late summer ice cream adventures ahead…and then on to autumn and winter. Hey, did you know that people actually eat more ice cream in the winter than in the summer?