For the past few weeks several of my slowtalk buds had a weekly bakefest called Sunday Slow Bakers, where they all baked their way through Gina dePalma’s excellent book, Dolce Italiano . I didn’t join the Sunday Slow Bakers because I was traveling an awful lot and, to be honest, I was a little scared to have a lot of baked goods around. I’ve baked some things from that book and let me tell you, once you have a taste of something it’s not so easy to stop.
Now, though, Sunday Slow Bakers are done and thanks to Jerry and his fantastic idea the Sunday Slow Scoopers were born. It’s all about ice cream, this time.
Last year I was playing around a little with ice creams, all with liquor in them. I made chocolate grappa ice cream and ice cream with a walnut liquer I brought home from Spain, and I played around with ideas like absinthe granita (which I haven’t yet done, but I think I eventually will.) Everyone who tried the ice cream thought it was awesome, and I thought hmmm… wouldn’t it be cool to open an adults only ice cream shop and call it Shannon’s Super Sexy ice cream, and all the ice creams would have liquor in them?
Suffice to say, ice cream, and learning about ice cream, is something that really appeals to me. So, I joined Sunday Slow Scoopers.
All the recipes are from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebowitz. Everyone who joins picks a different ice cream for their week, and I chose Green Apple & Sparkling Cider Sorbet, because I used to have green apple gelato at the famous Paolin gelateria in Venice, and that taste will never leave me. Ever. I’m going to change things up a little, by adding some sort of alcohol to every recipe. Just to see what happens.
This week’s recipe, Butterscotch Pecan, already has alcohol (uh, scotch) so no worries there. I did use macadamia nuts instead of pecans, though. This ice cream is AWESOME. Seriously awesome. Here is what my brother and my friend Mark had to say about it:
Tom: This is the best ice cream I have ever had.
Mark: Oh my god. Oh wow. That’s good.
You get the idea. Last night a bunch of us had dinner down at the Vine and we served the ice cream with Palma’s ooey gooey cake which she has photographed on her blog. Rich and buttery ice cream with rich and buttery cake? Oh my god. Oh wow. That’s good. The Vine staff all seemed to like it too, and they will be my guinea pigs for future ice creams.
You can check out the weekly selections and other scoopers blog links here, on Krista’s blog. Next up is her selection – Tiramisu!