After waiting in a long line at the grocery store, or paying too much for too small a scoop at the local ice cream place, the last thing you want is a bad tasting ice cream. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ice creams that are too icy, lacking flavor and packed with preservatives.
It’s so frustrating to spend your hard earned on something you don’t even enjoy.
One day I received something that stopped me from wasting money on bad ice cream and helped me start making better ones at home. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz has a variety of recipes and techniques that are perfect for the beginner ice cream maker and the professional alike.
But The Perfect Scoop is more than just a recipe book. You can create all sorts of interesting frozen treat related things using just the methods David provides.
The Perfect Scoop can teach you two main ice cream making styles, French and Philadelphia.
French is a cooked custard that uses egg yolks which is a very creamy and smooth type of ice cream. Philadelphia is a style that doesn’t require cooking before chilling and freezing the ice cream.
Basically if you want a really decadent ice cream you will use the French style, and if you want your ice cream lighter you use the Philadelphia style.
Almost any frozen dessert in can be made using one of these two styles.
The Perfect Scoop recipes don’t require strange or expensive ingredients, meaning every ice cream you make at home will be full of the intended flavor.
Most of the recipes in the book are familiar like vanilla, chocolate, and rum raisin. There are also our favorite flavor combinations like chocolate peanut butter.
But this book also includes recipes for interesting ice creams like Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Roquefort-Honey Ice Cream, Olive Oil Ice Cream, and Saffron Ice Cream.
I love the recipes in The Perfect Scoop because they are easy to follow, and you can take any recipe and adapt it to your flavor preferences.
It also offers so much more than ice cream. You can find recipes for Gelato, Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, Sherbet, Granitas, Sauces & Toppings, Mix-ins, and even serving dish ideas. Homemade waffle cones anyone?
The best part of all? The Perfect Scoop can teach you how to make any recipe without an ice cream maker.
Check out some of my very own experiences with recipes from The Perfect Scoop.