Monday, 31 May 2010

Spice Dreams!

Spice Dreams
flavored ice creams and other frozen treats
Sara Engram and Katie Luber
Hardcover, 112 pages

This little book packs huge flavour. In their wildly popular previous book, The Spice Kitchen, the authors taught us how to bring life and excitement to our meals with the use of spices, both local and exotic. Now they turn their attention to summer's favourite treats.
Sara and Katie are experts in the world of spice, having two spice companies - TSP Spices and Smart Spice. That they would want to show us how to make summer a little spicier seems only natural. All the spices in the cookbook can easily be found in your local markets or, likely, you will have them in your cupboard already. Get ready for some exotic combinations like Chile-Lemongrass Ice Cream, Marjoram-Mint-Coconut Sorbet, Lemon-Allspice Frozen Yogurt, and toppings such as Ancho-Lime Syrup and Cardamom-Coconut Toasted Topping. With Spice Dreams, your summer just got a little more exciting.
Here's what we tried:

The first confection we tried was the Mango Sorbet with Cumin and Cinnamon. I love that combination of spices, so warming and fragrant - it paired so nicely with the sweet, soft mango. This is a delicious summer treat.. that I will be making year round.

An unexpected combo was the Pink Grapefruit-Tarragon Sorbet, which I made in the optional popsicle fashion. Who knew that grapefruit and tarragon were so good together? These are perfectly refreshing on those hot, humid days of summer and were a real hit when I brought them over to the neighbour's.

From the Syrups, Sauces, Toppings, and Other Goodies chapter I made the Clove Candied Pecans. Delicious on their own, they are also lovely on ice cream or used in these.....

Candied Pecan Meringue Shells! With cinnamon, clove, vanilla and the candied pecans - they made a delicious and mysterious edible dish for the...

Vanilla-Cardamom Ice Cream. Seen here perched on its meringue shell, drizzled with Spiced Caramel Sauce, the ice cream is made the traditional custard style and churned in a home ice cream maker. Simple and delicious, it lent itself beautifully to mixing and matching with the goodies in the back of the book. This was the ultimate holiday weekend dessert with huge wow power.

Why not spice up your summer?