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Lola's Ice Creams and Sundaes: Iced Delights for All Seasons Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009
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"Delightful...a treasure trove of ideas" (Lindsey Bareham The Times)
The definitive cookbook for ice cream: over 100 mouth-watering, seasonal recipes for ice creams, sorbets and sundaes, from the classic to the quirkySee all Product description
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I found having read through the book that it is written as if by a scientist and not so much someone enthusiastic about ice-cream. By contrast, Lebowitz' excitement practically falls off the page.
The recipes do look fantastic (I can't wait to try Plum with Earl Grey) but finding them can be a bit of chore since there is no contents page at the beginning of each section. Also, it would have been nice to have alternatives to some ingredients or suggestions of what the ice cream could be served with.
That said, the book is great quality, the recipes do look delicious and the photos are mouth-watering. Also for the health conscious, many recipes use whipping cream rather than double cream (I know I know - healthy like eating 5 doughnuts instead of six doughnuts, but still).
I just wish it was a bit more fun.
There is also enough 'background' information on stock syrups and different freezing techniques to allow you to invent your own ices without having a specific recipe to hand. For example, I made a Campari and Orange sorbet by reading the recommendations on proportions of fruit to sugar, and using the basic 'still-freezing' (i.e hand churning) method.
If you don't want to get creative, you can stick to Lola's own formulas, such as peanut butter ice cream, gin-and-tonic sorbet, or 'Coupe Concorde' (dark chocolate ice cream, orange ice cream and orange confit). Or you might like one of the savoury recipes - perhaps welsh rarebit ice cream with french toast, or the amazing-looking 'Black and White' - greek yoghurt ice cream and squid ink gelato, served in oyster shells on a bed of ice!
Great photography and an interesting introduction on the author's foray into the ice cream business make this as good a read or coffee table book as it is recipe book. Recommended!
"Peanut butter" is a family favourite as is the "lemon curd" ice cream. "White chocolate, chilli and cardamom" has a real kick
and the "Plum and Earl Grey" is just delicious.
The book is visually stunning and I've given away 20+ copies.
A MUST for ice cream lovers!
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