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I like this book and it's a go to for ideas but there have been many times where I have had to adapt the recipes because the amounts or some of the ingredients just don't work well with the other. Also some of the instructions are a bit off and don't always give the best results so I have been writing up about them on my blog in the hope that when people search they find it to help them when working from this book. I found that where it says to gently fold in the cream, it just doesn't work, you end up with lumps of cream in your set ice cream. I'll also be honest that some of the recipes or more the flavours are far too 'out there' even for me and my brood but maybe others will be a bit more adventurous. I haven't tested all of the recipes, as I said some of them I just never will but it certainly gives you the foundations of some great ice cream without the churning and of course there are sorbets and other things. I especially like the basic caramel. The book is sorted into categories which I found a bit confusing but then I just used the search function to find the ones I was looking for. As the title says, overall a great book of recipes that do indeed avoid the churning.
I really enjoy ice cream. But without having an ice cream machine and still wanting to make a decent amount of ice cream on my own, I had been searching around for a bit of a while to find recipes that did not require a machine or to hand churn (whether that be in one of those ice cream balls or in a can). These recipes were exactly what I was looking for. I am very satisfied. A few of them are a bit work intensive, but those are generally the more exotic flavors or those that the extra work could be skipped with substitutions, but brings in more flavor. This book gives a variety of recipes from sorbets to gelatos. A lot of additional ideas are supplied to create variations in the basic recipes. The author really encourages trying new things. Some may not be excited about a few of the recipes (first time I've seen a recipe for tomato-cucumber sorbet), but the variety is large so I don't think anyone who buys this book would be disappointed. There are many recipes I cannot wait to try. Note for those that enjoy almond: With the almond gelato, the effort of essentially making your own almond milk as the recipe will give you instructions for is worthwhile. Store bought almond milk will hardly match what can be made in that almond gelato recipe.
The only negative I can mainly offer is that the ice cream and especially the gelato melts pretty quickly. It gets harder, the longer it sits in the freezer so after a few days, you can't really let it sit and thaw for long as the outside will already be turning to soup before you can even scoop the rest of it, but maybe I just need to get a bit better at making it.
Who knew that making homemade ice cream could be so easy and so much fun. We love this book and have used it to make lots of ice cream. All of the recipes are easy and come together very quickly. Love it.
This amazing, it really works. You get the most amazing and really great tasting ice cream. You really don't need to use an ice cream maker. I've made several recipes out of this book. And each one is better than the last.
Wonderful, easy recipes for home made ice cream. Quality ingredients do make all the difference - take the time to find vanilla beans or vanilla paste, use organic ingredients if possible. The first batch was a chocolate-chocolate chip that was described as "too" good by my family. The second batch was the strawberry rhubarb which was the perfect desert on the Fourth of July. The last batch we made was a variation on the caramel ice cream - we used dulce de leche which we included in the base and then swirled along with toffee chips into the container before sticking in the refrigerator. I think it was the best dulce de leche ice cream we have ever had. Would highly recommend this book and the recipes for those who have always wondered what it would be like to try their hand at improving on what one finds in the stores. Mmmmm, maybe chocolate, orange, ginger would be good?
i make home made ice cream with the Quisinart maker and it is churned, wonderful. The recipes in this book are very good and help to make a very good "unchurned", hand made product. Very happy with recipes.