Last week, the book that I had been waiting to read for years - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer - finally arrived on my door step. Yes, years.
When I first encountered Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, OH several years ago, I knew it was something special. The care and detail that was put into every scoop and every flavor was beyond comparison. I probably ate a scoop of Jeni's almost every week, maybe more. Before I moved away from Ohio, I had the opportunity to attend an ice cream seminar with Jeni Britton Bauer. During the seminar, Jeni enthusiastically discussed her love for ice cream, the importance of fresh, flavorful ingredients, and the excitement of experimenting with ice cream flavors. Jeni demonstrated how to make a homemade ice cream base she had developed for an article in Food and Wine magazine. A departure from other homemade ice cream recipes, this version excluded eggs and included other ingredients, such as cream cheese and cornstarch, to ensure a soft and scoopable texture. I walked away from the seminar inspired to create my own flavors.
As soon as I returned home from the seminar I made a batch of homemade vanilla ice cream using Jeni's ice cream base recipe. I tasted it and I was in heaven - I had found my muse. I already preferred the non-custard version of ice cream, and I was now armed with a fool proof ice cream base recipe with which I could easily experiment with different flavor profiles. It was then that I began my journey toward finding the perfect scoop.
I knew after the first time I made Jeni's ice cream base that a book was in her future. And thus, in a way, I waited years for the book to arrive on my doorstep. When the book finally arrived in the mail last week, I hastily tore open the package and began flipping through the glossy pages. The book is organized by seasons, which speaks to Jeni's passion about using fresh, in-season ingredients. I found recipes for many of my favorite Jeni's flavors such as Gravel Road and Wildberry Lavender. The photography in the book is spot on, highlighting the enticing simplicity of a scoop ice cream. In addition to discussing tips about making ice cream, Jeni shares stories about the farmers and artisans who supply the ingredients for her ice cream, giving a personal touch to this already inviting book.
Which recipe did I decide to make first? I flipped through the summer section and landed on a recipe for Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet. I decided to make the recipe partly out of necessity (I had a large container of watermelon in my fridge) and because the scoop sounded perfect for the summer and upcoming 4th of July weekend. I tried a scoop of this sorbet at a Jeni's store just before moving to New Orleans and I remember that it was sweet and refreshing.
As the sorbet churned in the machine, I continued to flip through the pages of Jeni's book. So many favorites, so many recipes, and so much information. How could an ice cream lover like me live without this book? You can't! So I'm giving it away!
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I will provide one ice cream lover with a copy of their very own Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home book. This giveaway is open to USA residents and will be open until Tuesday July 5th at 12 midnight CST.
All entries will be numbered and the winner will be chosen on July 6th at Random.org. The winner will be announced on the blog and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me or a new winner will be chosen.
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Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet
Slightly adapted from recipe in Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream at Home
4 cups cubed watermelon (about one small watermelon)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Place watermelon in a blender and puree until smooth. Measure 2 1/2 cups of puree and pour into a medium bowl. Save remaining puree for another use.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice and lemon zest is a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat. Pour sugar syrup into bowl with watermelon puree and stir to combine.
Pour sorbet base into a gallon ziploc bag and seal tightly. Place the bag in an ice water bath and let stand until base is chilled, approximately 30 minutes. Once chilled, pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place parchment over sorbet (to prevent ice crystals) and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.