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Worth it just for the Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel,
This review is from: Melt (Hardcover)
Bought the book on the strength of a newspaper article about Claire Kelsey and how she setup the business.
First attempt was the Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter ice cream, which, if you're a Peanut Butter addict like my wife, is the Ice Cream equivalent of heaven. Even if you don't especially like Peanut butter, it is absolutely delicious. This particular recipe needs churning in an ice cream machine; we have a Phillips Delizia which was bought for us as a present many years ago and had been gathering dust after we got fed-up with the few recipes we'd tried from the handbook that came with the machine.
The only problem we had with the PB&SC was getting the ice cream to freeze - the Phillips uses a tub which you must pre-freeze, rather than a proper compressor and, on the hottest day of 2013, it didn't quite have the oomph to freeze it. Maybe next time make the ice cream when it isn't 30+ degrees C !
Second attempt was the Mojito Ice Cream - this is much simpler, just Cream, Bacardi, Mint, Lime and a little sugar. It is also a non-churn recipe, meaning you can mix it and stick it straight in the freezer without the need of an ice cream machine. I think I whipped the mixture a little too much, as it ended up as blocks of very solid frozen cream with completely the wrong texture.
Undaunted, we're trying to decide which recipe to make next and I'm considering putting a "proper" ice cream machine on my xmas list.
Some of the ingredients are a little odd, but there is a list of places to buy them at the end of the book - if Claire wanted to make some more income, perhaps she should setup an amazon/ebay store reselling the complete set of the "unusual" ingredients for some of the recipes in single ice cream batches - it would be easier than buying from all the different sellers, where you'd have to buy much bigger quantities of the ingredients, with postage costs etc. only to find that you didn't like that particular flavour.
While I think about it, I also bought some "soap" moulds from [...] which are ideal for making individual mini-blocks of ice cream which are the perfect size to pop-out of the mould and stick between two wafers - dishing up ice-cream has never been easier....