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The scoop

Today’s blog post is inspired by all that gorgeous sunshine we’ve been enjoying lately.  Is there a better way to stay cool than devouring a bowl of delicious ice cream? I don’t think there is!

Why not make your own homemade ice cream, courtesy of Claire Kelsey’s fabulous book Melt? I love this book and am on a mission to work my way through each and every recipe! Claire is the clever and talented gal behind Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and decided to pack in her day job and buy a van. She transformed that van into Ginger and what a beauty she is!

melt

There’s a great guide at the beginning of the book, which tells you exactly what you need to get started. The book is full of really easy to follow recipes. In fact, many of them don’t even require an ice cream maker, so you have no excuse not to give it a whirl. There is something for all tastes and some wonderful combinations like marmalade and toast and unusual ingredients such as olive oil. There’s even a recipe for ice cream sandwiches. If they’re good enough for Elvis…

I made the berry ripple ice cream for my nieces a couple of weeks ago and it went down a storm. It’s meringue based and didn’t require any churning, so it was really easy to prepare. It also contains fruit, so it can’t be all bad, can it?

Yesterday, I organised a birthday dinner for my brother and made the milk chocolate, peanut butter and salted caramel and vanilla recipes. They were all amazing – I particularly enjoyed the peanut butter and salted caramel and chocolate combination, which tasted like a Snickers bar!

photo-menu

So once you’ve made your ice cream, what do you serve it in? I like to serve mine in little vintage tea cups (see main photo).

If that’s not your thing, there are some great products from Anthropologie that will give your ice cream the wow factor!

Cute ceramic ice cream bowls available in an assortment of colours:

ice cream bowl

The all-important ice cream scoop. Love the vintage inspired shape:

ice cream scoop

And finally, a fantastic ice cream pint holder to store your homemade ice cream:

ice cream holder

Et voilà! All you need to make the best homemade ice cream.

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