As July ends so does National Ice Cream month. What better way to celebrate than to make some ice cream. Last year, I had a friend that shared all of the different flavors she was creating. Some of the flavors that she created were your typical vanilla, chocolate, etc. However, she did make a bacon ice cream that made me intrigued on what other unique flavors might be available.
I remember as a child, making ice cream by putting the ingredients in an ice cream maker, placing rock salt and ice around the bucket. One of us would sit on the top of the machine while someone else used the hand crank to make the ice cream. If you haven’t made ice cream in a while, the new machines can be quite easy. I purchased one last year where you just put the ice cream bucket in the freezer for twenty-four hours, add the ingredients and then plug it in for about about twenty minutes. This year so far, I have made vanilla, lime and mint-chocolate chip.
Looking for recipes for ice cream or frozen yogurt? The library has a few books that might inspire you.
- Sinfully Easy Desserts by Alice Medrich
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
- Recipe of the week: 52 easy recipes for year-round frozen treats by Sally Sampson
- The perfect scoop: ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and sweet accompaniments by David Lebovitz
- Serendipty Sundaes: ice cream constructions and frozen concoctions by Stephen Bruce
If you are looking for a cozy mystery to celebrate National Ice Cream month try I scream, you scream: a mystery a la mode by Wendy Lyn Watson. Ms. Watson has a series of ice cream parlor mysteries. Finally, what is your favorite ice cream or the weirdest flavor you have ever tried?