Salted caramel ice cream loaded with toasted pecans and chocolate. This ice cream has become a family favourite.
If you are a regular reader you know how much I adore anything “turtle” related. I think I have at least a couple of dozen “turtle” recipes on the blog. It’s a serious addiction. So I can say with serious conviction I know a good “turtle” recipe when I try one. This isn’t just good, it is spectacular. As a self-professed ice cream addict, with dozen of ice cream recipes on my site, I can tell you this ice cream will knock your socks off.
I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel to review. It’s a perk of being a food blogger, companies send us free cookbooks and products to try out. I enjoy doing cookbook reviews, it is a great excuse to play in the kitchen. Not that I need much motivation to play in my kitchen. Turn on some music, hand me a cookbook, or some ingredients and I’m happy to start experimenting. It’s my happy place.
Ice cream is something I could make every day and never get tired of. It’s one of the few things I’m content to have a few bites of and not get tempted to eat the whole batch. This ice cream was another story. It is so over the top good I could barely get photos fast enough because I kept gobbling it up while swapping out props. Personally I think this recipe knocks it out of the park. It’s beyond good, it is bursting with flavour in every bite.
I will tell you this is not a simple ice cream recipe. It has a complex flavour spectrum, and with that comes some step heavy instructions. I tend to like simple recipes, and while this one is completely worth it in the end, I’ll be honest and say there were some serious curse words flying in my kitchen the day I made this. The caramel process almost sent me over the edge, it’s a bit more complicated than your average caramel recipe. You will be glad you took the extra steps though, it takes the caramel flavour to a whole new level. Just be sure to read through it a couple of times so you fully understand all the steps involved. I can assure you it’s worth taking the time to do it the way the author tells you to do it. The flavour will impress the most discerning ice cream aficionado.
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I cannot even describe this ice cream to you. It’s heavenly. The base is worth the effort. I tend to be an impatient cook so I get edgy if things take too long. This is so worth riding the wave while you wonder if you’re messing up the steps. If you get it right it will pay off in spades. I mean look at this ice cream. It’s salty and sweet, with just the right amount of each. You are going to wow your guests with this one. I have complete faith this will become one of your favourites. It’s quickly become one of our favourites, we can’t gobble it up fast enough.
Now for the book review, it’s late, I’m tired, and all hopped up on sugar so I’ll make this brief. Buy this cookbook.
Brief enough for you.
Okay, in all seriousness, I loved this cookbook, Scoop Adventures. It’s a soft cover book, the size and weight are perfect for me. I am old school and love reading through cookbooks just like I would a novel. So for me the book has to feel right. If it’s clunky, or awkward I’m less inclined to want to sift through it. This cookbook was packed with great recipes from 50 States, it’s broken down into 7 chapters based on geography. Each and every one of the recipes is accompanied by a photo of the finished dish. I cannot tell you how important that is to me. I love cookbooks with tons of photos, I’m hard pressed to buy one if it does not have pages and pages of photos. The photographs in this one are perfect, you will know what each recipe should look like. There is a chapter on “ingredients and techniques” which is super important when making ice cream. It will help you understand the process if you are new to making ice cream. You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe. I use mine all the time and can assure you it’s worth the investment.
Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel is a fabulous cookbook. You will find recipes like Balsamic Fig Ice Cream, Bourbon Ball Ice Cream, Mimosa Ice Cream, Purple Cow Ice Cream, Huckleberry Ice Cream, Arctic Refuge Wild berry Snap Ice Cream and Buttered Almond Ice Cream. You will brave bold new ice cream flavours, and revisit classics with this book. It’s a solid investment.
Some of Kim’s Favourite Ice Cream Tools:
- Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
- Cuisinart Additional Bowl for Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment
- Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop
I own all of the items listed. Since I make a ton of ice cream I wanted options. I have an independent ice cream machine, but I also have a stand mixer that has the ice cream attachment. Both work beautifully. The scoop is my personal favourite, I have about 10 or 12 different ice cream scoops, but this one is the one I use the most. Do not put it in the dishwasher! Wash it by hand. It’s a beauty, and scoops perfectly.
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