Friday, 11 August 2017

The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

The classic ice-cream book by David Lebovitiz, The Perfect Scoop has been reissued by Jacqui Small publishing and what a delight this Summer book is. Although I own almost 200 cookbooks, I only own one ice-cream book. The Perfect Scoop wa posted through my door at an ideal time as I wanted to use more of my ice cream maker during the British Summer.  The Perfect Scoop is a critically exclaimed book and considered to be one of the better ice-cream books.

Making ice-cream is incredibly easy especially with an ice-cream maker, but what makes this dessert book so different is the range of flavour combinations. The Perfect scoop not only covers ice-cream recipes, but also recipes for sorbets, granitas and sweet accompaniments. The author must have been eaten a lot of frozen desserts as this is a very comprehensive book on how to make the perfect ice-cream , such as how to make the perfect ice-cream custard and how to increase flavour combinations such as alcohol and fruit. Flicking through this book, I really like David's enthusiasm and chatty approach. So far, I've made a couple of the recipes, the peanut butter ice-cream and the pineapple sorbet, the first is like a taste of heaven.

The chapters in this book are divided into the following chapters:
  •  Basics, In this chapter, key ingredients are covered, extracts and equipment. 
  • Ice Creams- My favourite chapter, recipes to try include Peanut Butter Ice-Cream, Milk Chocolate Ice-Cream, White Chocolate Ice Cream, Coffee Ice-Cream, Green Tea Ice-Cream, Butterscotch Pecan Ice-Cream, Tiramisu Ice Cream and Peach Ice Cream. There are also a number of frozen yogurts in this chapter including: Blueberry Frozen Yogurt and Vanilla Yogurt. 
  • Sorbets and Sherbet, stand out recipes include Mango Sorbet, Pear Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet, Pineapple Sorbet and Pina Colada Sorbet and Papaya - Lime Sorbet. 
  • Granitas, delightful looking recipes include: Plum Granita, Nectarine Granita, Champagne Cassis Granita  
  • Sauces and Toppings, lots of  recipes for luscious sauces including Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Salted Butter Caramel Sauce  and Blueberry Sauce.
  • Mix-ins, recipes to try include: Peanut Brittle, Fudge Ripple and Marshmallows. 
  • Vessels, great accompaniments for ice-scream, stand out recipes include Crepes and Chewy-Dense Brownies. 
Recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream
180g smooth peanut butter
180g sugar
660ml single cream
pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Puree the peanut butter, sugar, single cream, salt and vanilla in a blender or food processor until smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. 

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  1. My favourite is cherry with chocolate pieces

  2. toffee for me delicious thank u

  3. chocolate is my fave ice cream!!

  4. I love rum and raisin flavour ice cream the best

  5. I absolutely love pistachio ice cream (NO idea how that could be recreated at home!)
    I've read such excellent things about this book, it's regarded as one of the best ice cream specific cookbooks ever printed. Have everything crossed!

  6. It's one I've only had in Spain - Turron, maybe becuase I've only had it from time to time and it's always delicious?

  7. ive only ever had it abroad but it is a ferrero rocheo one i would love to try and make it

  8. caramel that i get in the USA

  9. We have a cornish ice cream shop nearby and they sell a Turkish Delight flavour which is so yummy

  10. Pistachio is my favourite. I only seem to find it abroad!

  11. Chocolate, even better with chips in


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