In her second cookbook, Jeni Britton Bauer offers more than 100 new recipes and techniques to make an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high desserts. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts includes superlative sundaes and parfaits, big tall cakes and cobblers, melt-in-your-mouth sauces, and crunchy Gravel toppings. Filled with photos and clear instructions, the cookbook is your blueprint for what Jeni likes to call “freestylin’”—mixing and matching recipes to create personalized ice cream desserts.
– SEAN BROCK, chef/owner of Husk and McCrady’s
It’s not just beautiful flavors that make ice cream such a delight. If you start with good ingredients, it will surely taste good. But the real work of an ice cream maker begins with texture and body. In this chapter you’ll find improved classic ice cream and frozen yogurt bases, a brand-new rich and silky custard base, and a killer vegan base called Creme sans Lait. With these four bases as your tools, you can make smooth, dense, dreamy, delicious scoops to adorn your desserts.
In our bustling bakery, we make ingredients like marshmallows, gravel, and cookies for our ice creams and easy-to-assemble, ice-cream-centric dessert menus for chefs. Each dessert in this chapter is designed to be served with ice cream, but you will find that they are all delicious on their own. Crisps, Bettes, cakes, pies, or tarts made with fruits of the season at work or at home. These are the recipes that are foolproof, that are wonderful, that we never tire of in our kitchen.
– ANDREW ZIMMERN, host of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Sundaes, parfaits, big tall cakes, and cocktails—they always make the party, whether it’s a casual get-together with friends, a holiday meal with your family, or a backyard shindig with neighbors. This chapter includes many options for desserts and drinks to serve at parties of all stripes. Mix and match sauces, gravels, ice creams to create your own cakes, cocktails, and parfaits, or create a sundae bar where guests assemble their own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.