How to Make Ice Cream Book Review & Peaches and Cream Recipe
You have to read on to learn how to make Peaches & Cream Ice Cream and read about a really good ice cream recipe book that I reviewed.
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Ice cream is my absolute favorite dessert. Cold and refreshing any day of the year. Eat with a spoon or served on a sugar cone. There’s a well known ice cream parlor in the neighborhood where I grew up in San Francisco that has dozens of flavors and behind the wall of freezer cases, there’s a giant wheel on the wall with different ice cream flavors on them and a few spots marked “Free.” Spin the wheel for a chance at a free cone or be willing to accept any flavor the wheel lands on. Who is feeling lucky about winning a free cone? However, this isn’t an experience that I can share with my children due to food allergies. What if the wheel lands on Pralines and Cream or Rocky Road? Who’s feeling lucky about anaphylaxis? How about a little cross contact?
Ice cream parlors are risky for people with food allergies due to concerns about cross contact of allergens. But buying peanut free, nut free, and egg free ice cream from a supermarket isn’t any easier as most manufacturers make their different flavors of ice creams on shared equipment, which increases the chances of cross contact or even mislabeling, which is when an ice cream contains allergens not listed on the ingredients list. I had heard of many moms in Facebook food allergy support groups loving their ice cream makers and one of our friends even lent us their ice cream maker to try. We were so happy when my brother in laws sent us an ice cream maker (affiliate link: Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker) as a Christmas gift (thanks, Donny & Chris!).
My older son tried a few of the recipes in the manual and while the recipes were good, they weren’t great because it seemed like too much ice cream base in the bowl. I didn’t know how to troubleshoot what we were doing wrong. We needed some pro-tips and awesome recipes. I browsed through Net Galley and found an ebook copy of Nicole Weston’s How to Make Ice Cream: 51 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Flavors. A Storey BASICS® Title (affiliate link) to review.
How to Make Ice Cream is organized into three parts.
- Part 1 includes general information about ice cream, it’s ingredients, how to make, serve, and store it.
- Part 2 is all about the amazing ice cream recipes which include categories such as “Vanilla, Chocolate, and Coffee,” “Fruits and Nuts” (yes, the cookbook does use nuts in some recipes, one can either ignore them or omit the nuts and make a nut free version), “Sugar and Spice,” “Gourmet,” and “Holiday.” I want to try other recipes such as Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Salted Caramel, Root Beer Float, Apple Pie a la Mode (ice cream that tastes like apple pie, how clever!!), Peppermint Mocha, just to name a few.
- Part 3 is a collection of no churn recipes which one can make using simple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream without an ice cream maker or if one didn’t have an extra freezer bowl (affiliate link) but wants to make additional batches of ice cream at the same time.
Some recipes also use egg, which is the French custard style and some recipes are egg free, which are the American or Philadelphia style. Altogether, I counted 26 different ice cream flavors that are peanut, tree nut, and egg free, 5 of which do not require an ice cream maker. Unfortunately for Nut Free Wok readers with milk allergies, most, if not all, of the recipes use milk ingredients. I suggest that people with milk allergies preview the book online or from a public library as there might be some helpful suggestions in Part 1 to help you adapt the recipes.
And the results….
We tried the American Style Vanilla Bean and Peaches and Cream recipes, both were outstanding and a huge improvement over the recipes provided in our Cuisinart’s owner’s manual. The explanations shared in Part 1 of the book helped me understand how to make ice cream in greater detail and helped me resist the urge to make ice cream “healthier” by using less sugar or non-fat milk instead of heavy cream. Each recipe uses about 1 quart of ingredients, which seems to be the right amount for the freezer bowl. Even though the ice cream maker’s capacity is 2 quarts, a one quart recipe is much easier to manage. Both of Weston’s recipes that we tried tasted great, with just the right amount of sweetness and creaminess, and gave us hope that making our own delicious ice cream was within our abilities as novice ice cream makers.
In summary, even though this cookbook is not written with food allergies in mind, I think it is well written and informative enough to help readers with food allergies be able to modify recipes to suit their dietary restrictions. And there are quite a number of creative and unique peanut, tree nut, and egg free recipes that would be fun to make and taste.
Many thanks to Storey Publishing and Nicole Weston for graciously sharing the Peaches and Cream recipe below.
Peaches and Cream
- 16 ounces peaches peeled and pitted
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Slice peaches into eighths. Combine peaches and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook until peaches are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow peaches to cool.
Puree the cooled peaches in a food processor or blender until they are completely smooth. Stir in cream, milk, and vanilla.
Cover peach mixture and refrigerate until well chilled, 3 to 4 hours, or overnight.
Pour chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze as directed.
Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer. Allow it to firm up for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Makes about 1 quart
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