I invested in an ice cream maker this summer and have not regretted the decision once. I’ve never made my own ice cream before so I purchased a small inexpensive Kenwood. I usually keep the bowl in the freezer all the time so when the urge hits I can make ice cream in a flash.
As soon as I had the machine I bought just about ever ice cream book I could find on Amazon. The brief period of warmth the English call summer is past but I’m still churning out a healthy amount of ice cream batches. The cooler weather has given me inspiration for a whole set of new ideas.
I was really chuffed when Donna Egan, the owner of Buttercup Bakeshop in London, emailed me and asked if I would review her book and give my honest opinion. It’s always a great touch when the author makes the request themselves. Donna, a fellow American has lived in the UK for 12 years. The first Buttercup shop opened ten feet from where I went to university but opened only after I graduated. Being from California Donna wanted to bring the classic American treat to the UK.
The book is adorable and slim with 50 recipes for ice cream sandwiches. The book starts with a history of ice cream and notes of equipment and ingredients to help get you started. The recipes for the ice cream and cookies are all at the back of the book and the various chapters contain combination ideas and variations.
The chapters in the book are Decadent, Fresh n’ Fruity, Kidelicious and Festive. Some stand out combinations in the book, Monkey Sandwiches, Aloha sandwiches and Marmalade Madeleines. There are also a few recipes at the end for beverages and milkshakes. I made two recipes from the book and they both looked and tasted amazing. Bounty Bar had great contrasting textures of the coconut and the creamy vanilla ice cream. The Pumpkin Mascarpone was rich and decadent.
The recipes are listed in both metric and American cups. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you could easily make the cookies and substitute store bought ice cream. There is not a photo for every recipe but it’s pretty easy to imagine the finished product. The book is due to be released in the US in 2013.
Ebury provided me with a copy of the book to review