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Super Lemon Ice Cream

08-May-2007
 
 
 Super Lemon Ice Cream before it was totally frozen – I didn’t want to wait any longer…
 
As I mentioned in the recent braised chicken post, one of my weekend projects was all about sweets!  I recently purchased David Lebovitz’ book, The Perfect Scoop, and wanted to try a couple of recipes.  As you may know David was at Chez Panisse for many years and now lives in Paris where he is still pursuing the culinary lifestyle in many interesting ways. 
 
This book is mostly about frozen concoctions – ice cream, sorbets and granitas – but also has recipes for appropriate accompaniments.  For instance there are recipes for several types of cookies – ice cream sandwiches, anyone? And you’ll find lots of recipes for making sauces, candied nuts, and candies that are perfect for topping the delectable desserts. 
 
The recipes are straight-forward and easy to follow.  David has included lots of hints, tips and background information as you go through the book and it makes a very interesting read. 
 
I decided to start with Super Lemon Ice Cream, as I’d just purchased a large bag of lemons.  This recipe is super lemony!  It reminds me of frozen limoncello and a little goes a long way.  What I really like about this particular recipe is that it only used half-and-half which, besides really letting the lemon taste shine through, makes me feel not quite so guilty when eating it. ;-)
 
Now there are plenty of full cream recipes to satisfy the most decadent tastes.  In fact, my next "experiment" will be the Fresh Mint Ice Cream as my mint is already going crazy!  And this recipe has plenty of heavy cream, egg yolks and whole milk. 
 
Stay tuned for more information or, even better, purchase your own copy of the book – summer will be here before you know it!

Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments  

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