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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home Hardcover – June 15, 2011
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“[An] ingenious homemade-ice-cream bible.”
—Wall Street Journal
“Achieves some of the creamiest, most saturated-in-flavor ice cream that I’ve ever tasted. . . . Her basic formula is foolproof, and applies to all flavors, from nutty praline to good old-fashioned chocolate. No matter what kind of ice cream maker you use, it turns out smooth, rich results.”
“Try not to lick the pages. . . . A charming confection of dairy and sorbet desserts.”
“Ice cream perfection in a word: Jeni’s.”
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delicious, Delicious Ice Creams! Just be prepared to spend 5+ Hours per recipe. (Including freeze time)Published 4 days ago by Andrew Redd
I don't understand all the love this book is getting in reviews. Almost all the recipes call for cream cheese, milk, cream, corn syrup and corn starch. Read morePublished 5 days ago by fbaer
I LOVE ice cream but not a fan of the traditional homemade ice cream. I don't like the texture or the twang that it always seems to have. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jason D. Lightle
I love Jeni' s salty caramel ice cream! Since I got an ice cream freezer attachment for my Kitchenaid, thought we'd give it a try. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Karen Packer
A little bit of magic... Honestly. Best creamy ice cream base I've ever made that lasts without deteriorating in quality in the freezer over time. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Samantha
I love this book. The base that she has in the back of the book tastes like cold stone sweet dream if you swap the measurements of milk and cream.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great book. I've only made a couple of the recipes, but they turned out well. Looking forward to trying more!Published 1 month ago by zomgkitty
Both chocolate ice cream are delicious. I also like vanilla ice cream with the raspberry sauce at the back. Maple, Tres Leches and coffee ice cream also good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joel Haynes
great book for ice cream recipes. Particularly if you don't want to use 5 eggs every time you want to make a litre of ice cream.Published 2 months ago by lisa davies