If there’s one thing that many kids and adults have in common, it’s the ability to sink into the blissful enjoyment of an ice cream cone. While adults might have the skills necessary to polish off a cone without getting ice cream all over their faces, they look just as wildly happy doing so as the younger crowds. Cold frozen treats are welcome anytime of year, but the hot days of summer are tailor-made for ice cream indulgence.
While a visit to an ice cream shop is always fun—and sometimes daunting with dozens of choices calling your name from the freezer—a batch of homemade ice cream is simply unbeatable. There’s really nothing like sinking your spoon into a bowl of ice cream that you handcrafted yourself using your favorite ingredients to create the ultimate flavors.
Jeni Britton Bauer knows all about that stone-cold satisfaction. In fact, she’s been hip to the homemade ice cream jive since 1996. With over 15 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams stores in Ohio and other states, Jeni has homemade ice cream expertise that rivals Ben & Jerry’s. Thankfully, she has shared that expertise in her book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts.
At a whopping 200-plus pages, the gorgeous tome of treats includes more than just basic ice cream recipes. There are baked goods that pair with ice cream, ice cream cakes and sundaes with trailblazing toppings like Whiskey Caramel and Everything Bagel Gravel. Of course, there are ice cream recipes, too, that will have you dying to get a taste of the likes of Cumin & Honey Butterscotch.
We’ve settled on a sophisticated choice for our first recipe to try: Salty Goat’s Milk Chocolate Frozen Custard. Jeni describes this one as “chewy in body” with “milkiness and tang”—we couldn’t be more intrigued! For her own custard, Jeni sources fair-trade, single-farm chocolate from Missouri, but you can use any chocolate you’d like. The goat’s milk adds a delightful tartness to the flavor profile of this ice cream, and cream cheese adds even more tang to the mix. Finally, sea salt adds the perfect contrast to all that tanginess and rich chocolate-y goodness.
Here’s the recipe from Jeni’s book, beautifully laid out and simple to follow:
We think it would go wonderfully with a smattering of strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream, or, for the extreme chocolate lovers out there, with a flourless chocolate cake.
For more of Jeni’s ice cream wisdom, check out her other book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Have fun and prepare to seriously impress the guests at your next dinner party with all of these awesome recipes. Happy summertime ice cream eating!