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Make Your Own Organic Ice Cream [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Ben Vear
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28 Sep 2011
Ben's great grandfather started his own ice cream company in 1925 and the Cotswold based, family run company is still thriving today. In this book the author shares the recipes of the delicious ice creams that have passed down through the family business - plus others created by Ben himself - which they supply to outlets all over the UK and abroad.

Ben is not just passionate about ice cream. He also inherited his grandfather's insistence on sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients, if possible from the local community. His recipes encourage use of home-grown or locally sourced fruits and the best (local) organic milk, double cream, and water.

You'll find simple, delicious ice creams such as strawberry, Butterscotch chip, Lemon meringue, Christmas pudding... even Mulled Wine. There are alsosorbets such as Lime & Basil, Winter or Summer Pimms, and Sloe Vodka; and other frozen desserts, smoothies and milkshakes. And you'll discover how you can turn your own home grown fruit, or fruit you can forage in your hedgerows, into gorgeous, easy-to-make desserts that can be kept in the freezer for family meals or spontaneous supper parties.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (28 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190586275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862757
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Ben is a 22 year old, fourth generation master ice cream maker from the heart of the Cotswolds, having learnt his craft through generations of his family. Ben's Great Grandfather Albert Winstone started Winstones Cotswold Ice Cream in 1925 near Stroud, Gloucestershire, where the business still flourishes today under Ben's mother Jane Vear who sits as managing director and Ben's father Colin who acts as General Manager.

Ben is not just passionate about ice cream. He also inherited his grandfather's insistence on sourcing the finest and freshest ingredients, if possible from the local community. His recipes encourage use of home-grown or locally sourced fruits and the best (local) organic milk, double cream, and water.

Ben is the author of 'Make Your Own Organic Ice Cream' in which you'll find simple, delicious ice creams such as strawberries & cream, butterscotch chip, lemon meringue, Christmas pudding and even mulled wine; sorbets such as lime & basil, winter or summer Pimms, lemon grass & ginger and sloe vodka; and frozen desserts, smoothies and thickies. And you'll discover how you can turn your own home grown fruit, or fruit you can forage in your hedgerows, into gorgeous, easy-to-make desserts that can be kept in the freezer for family meals or spontaneous supper parties.

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'If you're an ice cream fan, this book is for you.' www.mygreenlifestyle.co.uk. 'If you are only ever going to invest in one ice-cream book in your life then this an extremely helpful, approachable and easy start. As long as you follow the instructions nothing can go wrong. You are in the hands of an artisanal young man who ancestors did nothing but make and perfect, seasonal ice-cream. Rest assured.' www.thefoodiebugle.com. 'Ben's book is simple, charming and inventive... an honest and above all inspiring paeen to the marvels of ice cream.' www.eggsontheroof.com.

About the Author

Author Ben Vear works at Winstones Ice Cream with his mother, father and brother. He is a keen supporter of green business, ethical practice and the local community.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavour of the Month 3 Oct 2011
By Jessica
Format:Paperback
I already own David Lebovitz `The Perfect Scoop' and Robin Weir's fantastic `Definitive guide to ice cream' and though that there couldn't be much more to say on the topic of ice cream, but Im so pleased that I stumbled across this book, its an informative, interesting, concise and gorgeously presented book. The book features a really fantastic introduction by the author Ben Vear, about his background, heritage and own ethical food stance.
Ben is from a very well respected and long standing ice cream lineage, being the great grandson of Albert Winstone who founded the well known and loved Winstones Cotswold Ice Cream based in Gloucestershire. The book tells the story of Ben's family business which started in the 1920's, and features some amazing vintage photographs from that period. The author is clearly very passionate about ice cream.

The recipes are hugely varied, with some being really off-the-wall (including a host of savoury flavours including Wasabi - that my children are unlikely to ever taste) that said Ben caters for all audiences with traditional, spring/summer/autumn and winter flavours and some really interesting sorbets that I can't wait to make. Unlike alot of the recipes featured in Robin Weirs classic, most of the recipes in this book are super-simple and Ben gives easy to follow instruction on how to make without an ice cream maker.

So far I have made traditional Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate and Lavender ice cream all of which were simple, easy to make and took very little prep. Without doubt this book is my flavour of the month, thanks largely to Ben's fun and often quirky narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good ice cream 13 Dec 2012
By p_roux
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recently bought the Gaggia ice cream maker which comes with a few recipes in the instruction manual and I also bought the Ben and Jerry's book and this one.

So far I have had the best results from this book. (The Gaggia recipes come next and unfortunately I've given up on the B&Js book which somehow doesn't work too well with my machine). As I type I am eating the strawberry ice cream made with home-grown strawberries: it is one of the best I have ever tasted. It is so pink it almost looks like it was shop bought! The consistency is perfect.

Tomorrow I am going to make the mulled wine ice-cream which we'll eat with poached pears and I'm going to try the Guiness ice-cream cos I think it will work really well with mince pies! I love eating ice cream in winter!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars To balance the 5 star reviews 26 July 2013
By Graham
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The recipes for ice creams are divided by seasons; however as reviewers have noted that not all the recipes are ice cream but include sorbets, smoothies, toppings and semifreddo; so some of the recipes you may expect to find are not there.

Of more concern the first thing I expect from a book is that it is well proofread giving me the confidence to work with its recipes. First evening reading it I am left questioning too many recipes which others assure me work well.

The Aztec Gold recipe is gibberish and has so many errors that this is a further two pages wasted to go with the first 24 pages before there is a single recipe. The Aztec Gold is closet to the rum and raisin however the steps are a little different so makes me doubt the rum and raisin too.
Searching on the Internet I am not the only one to notice this and the author recommended that they contact the publishers to get the correct recipe. Strange... According to this reviewer there is at least a step missing from one of the sorbets too. Happy spotting - I have given up on the book.

In summary after a less than perfect first attempt at ice cream making, I do not feel this book helps with any of his tips, with far too much of the book reading like an autobiography and self appreciation society with very general hints. The book spends 5 pages suggesting a £250 ice cream maker, and both a juicer and blender; so this may be the end of my ice cream making attempts.

If you are looking for totally organic recipes then many of the ingredients do not seem possible to get as organic and even the author notes many as being fair-trade i.e. the sugar. When did fair-trade mean organic? There are also other ingredients that the author seems to accept that you will not get as organic or fair-trade too such as rum flavouring; so may leave purists disappointed too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice recipes 13 Oct 2013
By Lisls
Format:Paperback
Good wee book with nice variety of recipes for the price. A couple of the recipes are very similar to another ice cream book (the honey ice cream and golden syrup ice cream in the Weir book with maybe 50g difference in an ingredient but the recipes in this organic book I think produced a better and more balanced flavour). I like that some of the recipes use whole eggs rather than just the yolk, I must have about 100 frozen egg whites in my freezer as I don't like waste and got bored of meringues. (if anyone wants them take them!?)I've tried may a third of the recipes here and liked them al so far, nice flavours and textures too. Would recommend. Would be good for those just beginning to make ice cream too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum! 5 Aug 2013
By Amanda
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Having recently bought an ice cream maker and been disappointed with the recipes that it came with I am very relieved to come across this book ...... Wow all the recipes are mouthwatering and easy to put together! Now all the fresh soft fruit is ready in the garden I am going to be so busy ( and possibly very fat by the end of the summer!) and the other varieties of recipes are worth experimenting with too .... Get it even if you don't own a machine it's worth it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Homemade Ice cream made easy.
Easy receipes and lovely photos to reassure that they will work. I still haven't gotten around to making any yet though.
Published 18 months ago by Helen Gilligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cream Heaven
Recipes were different from the norm AND delicious. With the added bonus of being an interesting read. Very highly recommended.
Published 23 months ago by BB
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about making ice-cream
Ben Vear of Winstones Cotswold Ice Cream is a firm believer in good quality food. He is particularly passionate about sourcing local and organic ingredients wherever possible which... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by Choclette
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous fabulous book
I love this book. The recipes are utterly delicious, the photography is brilliant and to be honest .. you can't go wrong with ice-cream. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Vanessa Kimbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The only ice making book you'll ever need!
This book proves that ice cream isn't just for the summer! No matter what your favourite flavour, you'll find it in this well written, beautifully presented book. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Alpacajo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Such a amazing recipe book! Completely chucked all my reservations about the difficulties of making home-made ice-cream out the window. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, great recipes, easy to use and follow
What a wonderful find. I adore ice cream but always thought it would be too difficult to make at home without an ice cream maker.

How wrong was I?! Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by London GF Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, fun and easy to follow
I bought this book after seeing Ben's Divine Chocolate ice cream recipe on the Channel 4 Food website. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Leah
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