Autumn ice cream roundup
Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie ice cream with whole wheat pound cake, with delicious oatmeal cookie praline from David Lebovitz and pound cake from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. The cake was fine, but the ice cream elevated it--those praline pieces were delicious even though I was sure they wouldn't taste like actual oatmeal cookie chunks.
Chocolate-covered raspberry gelato. This was all right. I would've preferred ripples of raspberry throughout, but the coulis just melted through the chocolate ice cream. I wonder how actual chocolate-covered raspberries mixed in would be.
Peanut ice cream with chocolate chips. This was a very good recipe, but it emphasized why the trouble of tempering chocolate for straciatella-like chips is well worth the time and effort. Chocolate chips like these belong in baked goods; they're no fun as frozen choco-bullets.
Berry sherbet with fleur de lait, both variations from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, which I may keep checked out from the library until next summer. I'd been wanting to make sherbet for awhile, and with milk I needed to use up and a carton of blackberries and raspberries, I found my inspiration. Oh so yum! The fleur de lait is now a fast favorite, tasting like softserve gelato.
-I usually lose nothing in using sweeteners like honey, Splenda, and agave syrup in place of sugar, and in most recipes, I gain a lot through its warm, fruity sweetness.
-I also lose nothing in using recipes that don't call for eggs. Cornstarch recipes make for just as smooth, rich, and creamy a batch, without the fussy technique that incorporates egg yolks.
-The fewer ingredients there are in fruit ice creams and sherbet, the better.