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The Ultimate Indeed!!!
on 26 April 2009
I bought this book with Benny & Jerry's book because it was recommended as a combined purchase and I had read the reviews of the few customers who purchased it. I was a bit sceptic about buying it because it was reviewed by less people and had a lower rating than B&J's, but I bought it anyway. To my surprise, this book made B&J's book, that so many people were raving about, look like a bit shabby! It's just bursting at the seams with recipes... if it's ice creams, sorbets, cones or even sauces then it's in this book.
The many recipes in this book made my head spin when thinking which one to begin with!! There are so many favourites as well as tempting new and exciting flavours! It's always on my coffee table and I don't think my ice cream maker has ever seen so much action thanks to this book!
I tried the cheese cake ice cream, cherry cheese cake variation, vanilla, saffron ice cream, and chocolate ice cream all were custard based and the results were always seriously rich and creamy ice cream. Absolutely beautiful! There are also lower fat alternatives and even yoghurt based ice creams!! Plus the kids have a blast when they are envolved in the process!
Also, when reading the recipes, reading the variation at the end of each recipe is a good trigger to the creative process and will push you to experiment and try new flavours and additions to each flavour.
One thing to note though, after trying one of the recipes, I've always had to slash the amount of sugar used in all the recipies cause they were too sweet... even though I have a monster of a sweet tooth!!
I know this could sound a bit silly, but I just loved the texture of the paper used for the cover especially when combined with the photographs on the cover and their lighting, it's like touching the ice cream itself when it's nice and fluffy!
If you are thinking of buying one book to be your ultimate ice cream reference... then this book is a no-brainer! Forget B&J's book, go for this and you won't regret it! But the two books go well together (B&J's will be a supplementary books for some occasional ideas every now and then). A great wealth of delicious recipes definitely worth buying!