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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; First Edition edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ice cream perfection in a word: Jeni’s.”

–Washington Post 

(Washington Post)

About the Author

Jeni Britton Bauer started making ice cream in 1996 and now perfects her crafts at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. She has a growing number of stores (15 and counting) in and out of Ohio, more than 1,000 retail partners throughout the country, and a thriving mail-order business. Devotees nationwide scan Jeni’s website and social media feeds daily, causing a veritable run on new flavors. Her debut cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for best book in the dessert category. The book appeared on Good Morning America and NPR’s The Splendid Table, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Better Homes & Gardens, Elle Decor, and more. Her latest cookbook is Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts.


More About the Author

Jeni Britton Bauer opened Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 with the singular goal to make better ice cream. Today she and her hands-on crew make every batch of ice cream in their Columbus kitchens with milk from grass-grazed cows, Ohio wildflower honey, whole fruits, vegetables, and herbs from nearby farms, as well as rare, carefully sourced ingredients from around the world. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams--a certified B Corp that works in tandem with the people who produce their ingredients--has been praised by Time, The New York Times, and Saveur, while Food & Wine declared, "No one makes ice cream like Jeni Britton Bauer." Jeni is the author of the best-seller Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which earned her a 2012 James Beard Award. Jeni's latest book, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (May, 2014), includes more than 100 new recipes for ice creams and ice cream desserts.

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Can't wait to try more recipes.
teresacooks
It's great for inspiration as she has recipes for so many unique and inventive flavors.
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The recipes are well written and easy to follow.
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229 of 234 people found the following review helpful By L. Wegener on June 28, 2011
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Since buying this book, I've tried four of Jeni's recipes: Goat Cheese and Roasted Cherries, Salty Caramel, Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World, and Buckeye State. Perfect results with all of them! Just follow the recipe, and you really will get Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home.

Before getting started, I'd recommend reading the first chapter of the book with Jeni's notes, tips, and explanation of the science behind making a great ice cream. As far as equipment goes, you'll need an electric ice cream machine (Jeni uses the Cuisinart Ice-20), whisk, 4-quart or larger pot, 2-3 mixing bowls, gallon size ziploc bags, ice cream storage container, parchment paper, and a big bowl for creating an ice bath. Other tools that comes in handy: a knife for chopping up larger ingredients, cherry pitter if you plan on making anything with cherries in it, digital kitchen scale, and double boiler for melting chocolate. You'll want an extra freezing canister if you plan on making more than one batch a day. For cooking the ice cream mixture, Jeni recommends a 4 quart pot, but I've been using a 6-quart stock pot and couldn't imagine anything smaller. When boiling your cream mixture, it could easily boil over, if your pot isn't big enough.

Basic Ice Cream Ingredients: you'll need heavy cream, whole milk, cornstarch or tapioca starch, sugar, salt, cream cheese, and light corn syrup/glucose syrup. Each recipe will also call for different additional ingredients like vanilla extract or beans, chocolate, natural peanut butter, spices, honey, nuts, liquor, etc. As with all cooking, the better the ingredients: the better the product. Buy organic ingredients and non-homogenized dairy products if you can, and splurge on the "good" chocolate...all this effort deserves the good chocolate!
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188 of 198 people found the following review helpful By cachkn46 on December 6, 2012
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I don't live anywhere near Jeni's shops, so I've never bought her ice cream and cannot comment on whether these recipes really taste like what she sells at her shop. Other reviewers seem to say it does, so if you already love her ice cream, you might be very pleased with the book. I, on the other hand, found these recipes disappointing.

I got the book about a year ago, and have been experimenting with the recipes ever since. I was excited to learn of a technique for making egg free ice cream with a super smooth texture that will stay smooth even after freezer storage for days. Many ice cream recipes call for eggs, and cooking the egg/cream/milk/sugar mixture it into a custard. These custard based ice creams do stay nice and smooth in the freezer for a long time, but I was interested in learning about Jeni's egg free technique, for when I have no eggs or for when I'll be serving it to someone who cannot eat eggs.

All the recipes use an interesting strategy for binding the water, which helps prevent ice crystals from forming (ice crystals give ice cream a gritty texture). The milk/cream is boiled for 4 minutes to denature the proteins, then a corn starch slurry is added and it's cooked for another minute to thicken it. Some corn syrup is used because it is high in glucose, which binds water better than table sugar. Finally, cream cheese is added (or evaporated milk, in the case of one of the chocolate recipes), for "body".

I've made many batches with this technique, usually experimenting with either vanilla or chocolate, since we eat a lot of that, but I tried about 10 different flavors in all.
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101 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Bryant Miller on June 17, 2011
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I've had my Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home cookbook for almost a week, and after several ice cream experiments, I thought I should post a review.

First, let's talk about the book, and then we'll talk about the finished products.

The book is such a great read - easy to understand, yet complex enough to give my inner nerd all the details I need. I'm the type of home-cook who likes to know the science behind the recipes so that I can branch out and be as creative with the flavors as I want. And Jeni doesn't miss the mark here! She teaches the "why?" behind every technique, but she says it as if she were your next-door neighbor - not the insanely smart food scientist she's become.

Next, the stories. Oh, the heart-felt personal stories about her business! Jeni gives refreshingly honest recollections of how her business began, why she uses certain products, and how she chose many of her suppliers. If these stories don't warm you up, then your heart must be even colder than the ice cream.

And then there's the photos in the book. These are not only beautiful, but also super-helpful! I know I wouldn't have been as successful in my ice cream-making ventures if I hadn't seen the photos to help me along the way.

So, I loved the book, but I loved the ice cream even more. Seriously, this is some amazing stuff. I can only recall eating homemade ice cream right after it was made; nobody ever dared try to actually put it in the freezer and eat it later! But Jeni's recipes are instead intended to be frozen solid and scooped! After a few hours in the freezer, the ice cream scoops perfectly, is firm, and has the creamiest texture you've never before had from a home ice cream maker. The finished ice cream actually tastes like and has the same texture as the Jeni's ice cream I buy down the street at one of her Scoop Shops.

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