Seattle is home to a thriving DIY culture. As part of an occasional series of posts, we feature hand-made items created by staff at The Seattle Public Library and the library books, CDs, and DVDs that showed them how to do it themselves. We hope you’ll draw inspiration from their creations and check some of the many great how-to resources the Library has to offer!
So the hubby and I got an ice cream maker for our wedding. Despite the fact that neither of us has ever made an icy treat more complex than a popsicle stick in a paper cup of frozen orange juice, we were pretty excited. We were already planning our future as handcrafted ice cream vendors a la Whidbey Island Creamery when we made our first batch – which promptly failed to freeze. Some cursing and a few hours in the freezer later, we did manage to salvage something vaguely ice-cream like. Hmm. Maybe sticking to a recipe would have helped.
Luckily, the more-ice-than-cream initial batch was still delicious enough to prompt a second attempt. When I saw 500 ice creams, sorbets and gelatos: The only ice cream compendium you’ll ever need on display at SPL, I knew this little pink confection of a book had obviously been written and placed on the shelf solely for us. Armed with the recipe for rich chocolate ice cream, a bar of Ghirardelli and a lot of determination, we resumed our battle with the ice cream maker. Just a few minutes into the freezing process, it was clear that this batch was going to be fantastic. Thick, creamy ribbons of frozen chocolate began forming almost immediately. After our first attempt, which had stubbornly remained vanilla-cinnamon soup after half an hour in the machine, this felt like nothing short of a miracle.
Needless to say, the final result was delicious. Even when I was licking the bottom of my bowl, though, I wasn’t done devouring the book – with glossy, colorful pictures and drool-worthy recipes, it’s food for the soul all on its own. Maybe you’ll see my creamery some day after all.
I’ve seen (but haven’t tried) lots of other gorgeous ice cream recipe books – have you found any that you love?