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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,364 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Addictive flavors—and a breakthrough method for making creamy, scoopable ice cream at home.

Unique flavors, prepared from top-quality ingredients combined with minimally processed milk from grass-fed cows, transformed Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a small artisanal scoopery in Columbus, Ohio, into a nationally acclaimed (and beloved) brand.

Now with her debut cookbook, Jeni B

Hardcover, 217 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Artisan (first published May 15th 2011)
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Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book through the iTunes store, and it is amazing to have on an iPad. There are videos of Jeni herself demonstrating step-by-step how to make the ice cream base, caramelizing sugar for Salty Caramel, making your own whipped cream, etc. It give more information and better presentation than the hardcover book, plus it's cheaper and much easier to hav an iPad in the kitchen than a hardcover book. Win-win-win.

The book itself is great. Jeni tells the story of how she started making ice c
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-cooking
I've dabbled in homemade ice cream over the years to mostly - meh - results. Non-cooked ice cream turns out icy and coats your tongue in a way that is really unpleasant. Making a custard base seems like too much work, though it's really not and the results are much better, but still kind of lacking. Enter Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home.

The author who owns a successful ice cream shop in Columbus, Ohio, shares her techniques and flavors in this really pretty book. She breaks down the science o
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My friend receives this ice cream shipped overnight in dry ice as a special gift so when I found the cookbook, I had to give it a shot. First of all, it is a beautiful book. The photographs are scrumptious and make you want to run and make ice cream even in the dead of winter. Secondly, I have now made 2 of the recipes and they are over the top fabulous. I am an experienced baker and ice cream maker. All of her recipes involve the same basic steps which are a bit different than other homemade ic ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This review (with photos!) was originally posted on my blog.

I recently went to Ohio to visit my best friend, and as soon as my flight was booked, she had plans for us to go to Jeni’s, a local ice cream joint featuring unusual flavors on par with Humphry Slocombe and Bi-Rite in San Francisco. For years, she has told me about Jeni’s and her favorite flavors: sweet basil, olive oil, gooey butter cake, lime cardamom (the list goes on).

Long story short: the ice cream more than met my expectations. Mo
Dana Cordelia
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: helpful-tomes
An early Christmas gift from my lovely friend Kaeli! And it looks AMAZING so far!! :-)


I've read the recipes and anecdotes and personal stories, and I have to say this is an AWESOME book for a home ice cream enthusiast. I'm eager to try out the recipes for myself, and will update with my findings.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
Jeni, I like your book! But I think I'm going to leave the ice cream making to you. ...more
Juli Anna
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This was a wonderful recommendation from a friend, and I can't wait to try out Bauer's unusaul recipe for ice cream, which has a cream cheese base and no eggs. Some of the flavor combinations are a bit too wacky for me to be interested in making a whole quart, but there are quite a few classics as well (I can't wait to try the Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, for instance!). This book is definitely a game-changer for homemade ice cream. ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished making my first batch of ice cream from this book - the Queen City Cayenne ice cream - and am thrilled with the results. The texture is wonderful - smooth and creamy and rich, not icy like the previous batches of vanilla ice cream I made using the recipe book that came from my ice cream maker (as an aside, the vanilla tastes wonderful and isn't extremely icy, just more than I would like).

I enjoyed reading about the science behind Jeni's method and ingredients, so I know why her
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ohioana
I was so excited to get this book, as I love love love Jeni's ice creams. I had read just about every review and article about it that I found, and it was getting raves, even from ice cream making novices such as myself. A friend and I decided to start with the Salty Caramel, as it had the least amount of ingredients and we'd both eaten so much of it we would be able to compare how ours turned out. Unfortunately, it was no favorable comparison.
In this recipe you cook the sugar in a pan to achie
Mike Trendel
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams by Jeni Bauer, and as you can guess by the title, it’s a cookbook full of ice cream recipes. If I had to choose my favorite food, I would choose ice cream. Even when I’m ill, I crave ice cream. There’s never a time when I don’t crave ice cream. I’ve always loved homemade ice cream, but I also hated it. Often homemade ice cream melts too quickly and turns into a soupy mess, and if you freeze it, it becomes hard as a brick. I also never cared for the consistency of homem ...more
Kate Lansky
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
If you grew up in Columbus, there was only one place to buy ice cream (Graeters)... until one day, Jeni Britton Bauer opened her little ice cream stand at the North Market. I quickly fell in love with her ice cream. When I moved out of town, I would make my mom bring ice cream with her on visits. When I moved out of state, I begged her to just pack a cold pack or two with the ice cream - it would keep on her flights! This is not the ice cream you enjoyed as a kid - this is gourmet ice cream, tai ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE most incredible ice cream. A friend gave this to me last summer and I have made soooooo many delicious ice creams from this! Tonight I am making the Goat Cheese with Cognac Figs, unbelievable! We just had a coffee ice cream that I added chocolate covered almonds. And for Christmas I made peppermint with cognac. Cognac works great with lots of favors, however we did not like it with chocolate--should have used Cointreau (what is better than orange and chocolate?).
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I polished off two of those mini Ben & Jerry's flavors while paging through this beautiful book. First saw Jeni's ice cream in Eau Claire for $12 a pint at a coffee shop, which seems extravagant, but the way she describes the vanilla, the process, each ingredient, I'm sorely tempted to buy some.

Recipes for Salty Caramel, Bumbleberry Crumble, buckeye, cognac, bourbon, and rum ice creams, extravagant sundaes, and there's even a special sorbet for the flu made with fresh orange juice, honey, and g
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Confession: I haven't made any of the recipes in this book yet. I bought it from a local yarn shop. With flavors like Sweet Corn & Black Raspberry, Kona Stout, and Goat Cheese, this may end my infatuation with Baskin Robbins. ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Delicious recipes, beautiful photography, nice bios of the Ohio farmers who supply Jeni's with locally-grown produce. Paired with an ice-cream maker, would make an awesome gift! ...more
Jodi Geever
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have had Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in person once, at the scoop shop in Atlanta. The line went out the door and down the block. It was worth the wait.

When I found out that she wrote a cookbook, I had to get my hands on it. I am impressed. The recipes are divided by season, there is space by each recipe for tasting notes, there is a brief how-to of ice cream making (4 pages) before the recipes in case this is your first venture into ice cream making. (For me, it will be.)

The recipes are divid
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
My favorite cookbooks teach you to cook more than list recipes with great pictures. This James Beard award-winning cookbook teaches you almost anything you need to know to make amazing ice cream at home. Each recipe adds concepts like working with fruits, syrups, alcohol, drop-in's, etc. As a result, the book is a master-class in making the best ice cream in your family. Your children will love you more.

You could make other parents look like chumps just by following the recipes in the book. You
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ice cream is one of my favorite foods as well as one of my favorite things to make!
I don't have an at home ice cream maker, so I will be making some of these recipes at work and I have used some of these before. Jeni's ice cream is really good and her recipes are straightforward and give you a lot of inspiration for different combos.

This book doesn't go into the science of ice cream making *that* much. She does talk about her journey and gives good backgrounds on different purveyors / sourcing
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s not often I read a cookbook cover to cover...ok I never have. But I gobbled this one up.

The backstory! The science! The personal anecdotes! The research-y detail stuff!

I glory over this kind of thing.

I have one recipe chilling right now (milk chocolate) and I’m about to start another (roasted strawberry with buttermilk.) I’m confident it will be the best I’ve ever made. If it tastes even half as good as the scoop shop, it’ll be worth it.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I ripped off the band-aid and went through with the recipes. After making the first one, the other flavors got easier to make. My family loved the flavors and I highly recommend covering the ice cream with parchment paper before sealing it inside a container. The freezer burn came quickly without having the paper. ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ice-cream
No eggs! Cream cheese! Science explained, a nice step-by-step for making homemade ice cream that tastes great, beautiful photos of restaurant quality sundaes, plus extras like how to make waffle cone fortune cookies. Good sounding recipes, too.
Amanda Knox
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This book feels a little intimidating because the recipes seem so involved. However, the flavors are so inventive I can't resist! I haven't tried any yet, but I'll definitely get back to this book when the time comes. ...more
Danielle Swanson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My go-to ice cream recipe book. I've been making her ice creams for over 8 years and am impressed by the amazing taste and flavor combinations. If you are in the market for an ice cream book that doesn't use eggs, and takes the slow route of boiling, steeping, and cooling, this is your gal. ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Any ice cream lover must try these recipes. I didn't realize that ice creams could be all that superior, but these are truly amazing. And such fun flavors! ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every recipe I’ve triedIS splendid! Main stream to unique flavors they’re glorious!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just enough food science to help you understand the process, and plenty of brilliant flavour combinations.
Voranan Vijakkhana
Great book for homemade ice cream.

Great book for homemade ice cream. Easy to follow instructions and super delicious results. Various “spin-off” dessert ideas with the ice cream made from the book. Best thing is, there’s no eggs!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A friend bought this book for me in Nashville and I read it in one night. The way Jeni describes coming up with flavor combinations is so inspiring. I appreciate the way she comes off as down-to-earth and honest, sharing lots of details about her process so anyone can learn.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We did some of these for my Baking class and they were fantastic. It prompted me to purchase the book for myself so I could make some at home. I love the background and details in dealing g with the ingredients used in the recipes.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My friend Susan sent me this book. She works at Artisan & worked on the book. In fact, she's listed in the Acknowledgments (yay, Susan!). Nashville got a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams full-size shop back in June & since then, I've gained easily 5 pounds of ice cream weight. But it was totally worth it. This is THE BEST ice cream I've ever had. A few thoughts:

This book is more than just ice cream recipes, but if you want recipes, don't worry, they're all in there.

I really enjoyed reading Jeni's stor
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