This edition of Weekend Gourmet celebrates one of summer’s most iconic treats, ice cream. With the help of an ice cream maker, it couldn’t be easier to turn your kitchen into an ice cream parlor. You don’t need to buy any fancy or expensive models to make gelato, sorbet, sherbet, or classic custard based ice cream. It’s all about how creative you want to get, so next time you visit your favorite gelateria, look around and be inspired by their flavors. Here are some of the most inspiring recipes I found on the blogosphere, and I think you will agree with me that they are all scoopalicious!
Michelle, the Brown Eyed Baker made the above pictured Toasted Almond and Candied Cherry Ice Cream, which is custard based and studded with big chunks of toasted almonds and sweet cherries. The recipe is simple and straightforward, but the result is anything but plain…crunchy, creamy, and chewy all at the same time! Who can resist?
This take on the classic combination of mint and chocolate by Marzipanmom is pure indulgence! Her Mint Chip Ice Cream contains bits of Ghirardelli’s Mint Bliss Chocolate, and it’s topped off with a luscious Mint Chocolate Ganache with Creme de Menthe. This is worth every calorie!!
I’m a huge fan of Nutella, so when I saw the Nutella & Mascarpone Ice Cream with Hazelnut Praline that Ellie from Almost Bourdain had made, I knew I had to share it. This is as rich and sinful as ice cream can get, and I can’t think of a better combination than the earthy flavor of hazelnuts and the silky smoothness of mascarpone. Wow!
Susi at Susi’s Kochen Und Backen Adventures has taken the heavenly combination of bananas, caramel, and nuts to a whole new level with her Banana Cajeta Cashew Gelato. I love how there are a lot of bold flavors here – there’s goat milk in the cajeta, and the ice cream gets an interesting twist from salted chashews. Divine!
So get our your ice cream makers and start scooping!