November 24, 2014

Vanilla ice cream, Philadelphia-style

This vanilla from The Perfect Scoop is Philadelphia-style. No eggs. No cooking. Super easy.

The recipe called for either all heavy cream or a combination of heavy cream and milk. I went with all heavy cream. I think next time I might try the combination. It was good. It had what I can only describe as a pure vanilla flavor. I liked it a lot, but I liked the first vanilla better. I'll definitely make them both again.

November 18, 2014

Vanilla ice cream

This is a French-style vanilla ice cream from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. It was delicious.

Those black specks are vanilla seeds.

Yum. YUM. YUM! I normally don't get that excited about vanilla ice cream. I like it, but it's not something I'd rave over. This was amazing. It was creamy, it was smooth, and the flavor was outstanding. Yes, it had a yellow tint- that's from the eggs. You know it's going to be good when you see all those little black specks of vanilla. I'm looking forward to trying the Philadelphia-style vanilla from the same book.

November 10, 2014

Chocolate ice cream

I recently picked up David Lebovitz's book The Perfect Scoop. I went for the chocolate ice cream first. He gives two variations of basic chocolate- French-style and Philadelphia-style. This one is the French-style. The batter is a cooked custard with eggs. Philadelphia-style is not cooked and has no eggs.

This was good, but given the book's reputation, I expected this to be the greatest chocolate ice cream of all time. It wasn't. I'm not even sure I like it better than the homemade Ben & Jerry's chocolate ice cream. This chocolate was creamy like the other one. It had a big mouthfeel, unlike the other one. I do think I like the other chocolate ice cream better. That one might have had a stronger chocolate flavor. Hm. I'll have to make them again and have a side-by-side taste test. 

November 2, 2014

Pumpkin ice cream

This is another ice cream recipe from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. I usually like anything and everything pumpkin. Not this.

I've had other pumpkin ice cream, and it was good. This was blah. The texture was icy and a little off, too. It wasn't smooth like the chocolate ice cream. I could deal with that if the flavor was good, but it didn't have much flavor. Hopefully I'll find a better pumpkin ice cream recipe in the future.
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