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A la Mode: 120 Recipes in 60 Pairings: Pies, Tarts, Cakes, Crisps, and More Topped with Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Custard, and More by [Mark Scarbrough, Bruce Weinstein]

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"[A] glorious and decadent collection. The authors aim for the sublime with their luscious pairings for ice cream, gelato, and sorbet, and they do not disappoint. They offer up recipes for drool-worthy pies and tarts, fruit desserts, cookies and bars, and cakes, each accompanied by an equally dreamy frozen treat specifically created for that baked good. The result is a jaw-dropping array of combinations that will amaze and delight. ... Ice cream lovers everywhere will rejoice in this wonderful and alluring new collection." - Publishers Weekly(starred review)

"Offering techniques and tips for perfecting both the sweet vehicle for the frozen topping and the frozen topping itself, they've created a book that just might become your dessert bible for the summer and beyond." - Flavors Magazine

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The ultimate dessert pairing guide: sixty desserts and sixty ice creams that simply have to go on top! --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B018291MNE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Griffin (7 June 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 78057 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

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BRN
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Reviewed in Canada on 28 June 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Reviewed in Canada on 28 June 2016
Though I'm happy with six of the eight things I made, I'm a little disappointed in this book. There are two more chocolate cake recipes and one brownie recipe in here but sadly I'm not comfortable making any of them because of how awful the one chocolate cake I made turned out. The other chocolate recipes look similar in ingredients so I'm scared to try them. There are a few other ice cream/frozen custards I'd like to make and only a couple more baked goods.

There's not a basic chocolate ice cream recipe in here. The one basic vanilla ice cream recipe has chopped chocolate added and was given a fancy unpronounceable name. I wish there were a few more fruit sorbet recipes, those using no dairy.

There's not a photo of everything but there are quite a few and they're beautiful.

**I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

THINGS I'VE MADE:

RASPBERRY OAT BARS- These are my favorite from the book. These turned out really good and they have great crunch. The dough is made from butter, white and brown sugar, rolled oats, flour, almonds, egg white, salt. I left out the cinnamon. I added a little vanilla extract to the mixture and added 1/8t almond extract to the raspberry jam.

I think this could have used just 3/4c. jam instead of 1c. Of course you could substitute any other jam for the raspberry. I cut my bars, which were made in a 9" square baking pan, into six pieces. If you happen to have a 7" square pan you could probably make just half of this recipe.

CHERRY-VANILLA FROZEN CUSTARD- This has milk, cream, egg, salt, sugar, vanilla, and canned sweet cherries. I don't like that you can taste the egg, but I knew this was custard so I expected an egg taste. It was very easy to prepare in a sauce pot and my cold mixture took about 30 minutes in the ice cream maker before it thickened enough to pour into my container to freeze. When I went to eat some twenty hours later it was of a perfect scooping consistency. I used less vanilla extract than called for but it was still way too much. I'd make this again using less vanilla. When I ate the last of it four days after freezing the mixture, I didn't even notice an eggy taste.

CHOCOLATE SOUR CHERRY LAYER CAKE- I made half the recipe in an 8"x2" square pan and didn't layer sour cherry jam between layers. It baked in 26 minutes. I made my own buttercream frosting for this. This is very bitter. It's made with both unsweetened cocoa powder and melted semisweet chocolate. It's dense like a brownie.

I'd never make this again and words can't describe my disappointment. I've made countless chocolate cakes and none have ever been bitter.

ORANGE SHERBET- This is made with milk, cream, sugar, clear corn syrup, unflavored gelatin, salt, orange juice, and orange zest. It has a very pale orange color. It tastes good, like a Creamsicle® but it's got ice crystals all through it and it's not creamy like you'd expect and falls apart. My mixture took 28 minutes in the ice cream maker After freezing 24 hours it was pretty firm. I'm not sure what the gelatin did for this, or the corn syrup. I'd make this again but only if I couldn't find a creamier recipe elsewhere.

LEMON POLENTA CAKE- This buttery cake has good flavor and smells good too. It's made with fine ground polenta, flour, plain yogurt, lemon juice, and lemon zest. It's dense and slightly moist. The texture is not that of a standard cake since this has polenta in it. It's more coarse. I made half in a 9"x1.5" round pan. It sunk in the middle slightly. It baked in 19 minutes. I made my own thick vanilla glaze for it. I used the zest from one lemon for this and it's the right amount.

SOUR CHERRY COBBLER- This recipe uses all sour cherries but I used just one drained can of them and a 16oz. bag of frozen dark sweet pitted cherries. I used a 1.5qt baking dish. The topping has ground almonds in it. My topping was wetter than it should have been though I used the exact amount of milk specified in the recipe. It didn't taste good either and was a little too salty. The bottom of the topping was wet from the moisture from the cherries. I wouldn't make this again.

PEACH ICE CREAM- This uses fresh peaches, milk, cream, salt, cornstarch, and peach nectar. It took just 23 minutes in the ice cream maker to thicken. The peach flavor is very subtle, as is the peach color. My peaches were very ripe and very juicy. Because you can barely taste the peach I wouldn't make this one again.

APPLE-CRANBERRY STREUSEL PIE- I left out the crust and cranberries, so this really isn't a pie. In the topping I used light brown sugar instead of dark. I added salt to the apples, as well as cinnamon. The topping is pretty good but after processing it, it wasn't like cracker crumbs but was thick and creamy. I dolloped it evenly over the apples and it spread out nicely. The top of it was crispy but the underside was moist from touching the apples. Not the best topping because it softens.

* I made the ice cream using my [[ASIN:B00NLBBI2E Hamilton Beach 68881Z 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker]] that I purchased myself.
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Gilda
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciousness ~ Superb Recipes!
Reviewed in the United States on 19 December 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciousness ~ Superb Recipes!
Reviewed in the United States on 19 December 2016
Detail oriented charming book. I've made 2 of the chocolate recipes, similar sour cream ingredient slight variation but both so darn GOOD. A bit apprehensive bc I was making a v. special birthday cake. Chocolate being the special request; I was up baking the night before the big event using Bruce&Mark's recipes for the first time. What a success, everyone loved it, the chocolate flavor SO delicious, pairing well with the salted caramel ice cream! See my 6 layer masterpiece :D

Recipes are well thought out works of art that pair well.
The pairings are wonderful. Think before you eliminate complimentary icing/frosting or that awesome homemade cherry jam.
(Btw Baking soda generally neutralizes any bitter or sour flavors/possibly use with baking powder if yr worried about bitterness in Chocolate Sour Cherry Layer Cake😊)
I've also made the toasted coconut layer cake, the gelatos, custards/even the peanut butter-chocolate ripple custard YUM.!! This is a well written cookbook❤️❤️you will not be dissappointed.
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JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Summer and Year Round Ice Cream Cravings
Reviewed in the United States on 7 July 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ice cream recipes
Reviewed in the United States on 27 August 2021
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Myrna M. Khoubesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality
Reviewed in the United States on 31 January 2020
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