Lola’s Ice Cream & Sundaes Recipe
A peek at the Lola's on Ice cookbook - Lola's Ice Cream & Sundaes. A few years back Morfudd Richards bought a 1970's ice cream truck on eBay, refurbished it, and turned it into Lola's on Ice - a much beloved addition to the London food scene selling organic ice cream in a dazzling spectrum of flavors.
I wanted to highlight a special book today for a couple reasons. First, because it was authored by an individual who, on a whim, bought a 1970's van on eBay, refurbished it, and turned it into a business - an inspiring story in itself. But secondly, because the topic of the book is ice cream & sundaes - and we are right on the cusp of prime ice-cream season. Lola's Ice Cream & Sundaes was written by Morfudd Richards, an accomplished London-based chef and restaurateur. She sold her popular restaurant (Lola's), and has become the grande dame of granitas, the high scholar of sorbets. She shares her icy goodness with the world from behind the wheel of this over-hauled Mr. Frosty.
This is just a sneak peek of the book - I haven't even had a chance to churn a batch. So no recipe today. But I wanted to share this gem of a title with you sooner rather than later. After spending a couple hours with Lola's I found myself charmed by its whimsical, quirky aesthetic, and impressed by Morfudd's ability to communicate complex culinary techniques in a highly knowledgeable and accessible way. There is a lot of food science behind her strategies, and she's advocated a few techniques that I haven't embraced before (but am excited to try)...for example curing ice cream custard overnight before churning. The book won't ship until later in the month - but you can pre-order it if you like.
Ebury always does such a nice job with their books (think Ottolenghi and the Moro series). Lola's Ice Cream & Sundaes is no exception. It is full-color, 100 recipes, and 256 pages. The design of the book is fun and funky, an appropriate extension of the hand-painted, butterfly-crowned truck that inspired it. You can see a handful of shots by photographer Vanessa Courtier sprinkled throughout this post. She captures the ice creams, characters, and lively details of life in ice cream land. Tessa Evelegh did a beautiful job with the prop styling.
The one thing I should mention, particularly to you U.S.-based readers, Lola's Ice Creams & Sundaes is a U.K. edition. This means all the measurements are in grams and milliliters. Nothing a simple conversion chart or visit to Goggle can't remedy, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Before signing off to tackle the never ending pile of dishes in my sink, I should mention a few of the flavors included here. In addition to the classics, Morfudd includes apple & cinnamon sorbet, damson ice cream, winter fruit ice cream, lemon balm & poppy seed, gin and tonic sorbet with candied limes, and creamy horseradish ice cream. Or how about beetroot cassis sorbet or pistachio kulfi?
Again, the book won't ship until later in the month, but keep your eyes peeled. Lola's on Ice website.
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I just got my tonsils out yesterday. My throat is dying for one of these yummys right now! I want to hate you for the torture of this post, but alas who could hate YOU!
And I thought I was fancy for putting frozen bananas in the food processor! This looks awesome.
Wow, I have really been into David Leibovitz's ice cream book lately. This one looks like fun. My co-workers were impressed with my Hokey Pokey ice cream and then the Rhubarb Crumble. Imagine what they would say if I showed up with Gin and Tonic or Creamy Horseradish.
ohhhh yummmmmm! looks like the secret garden's secret ice cream truck. im in the uk for the summer so i'll be picking it up for sure!
Beautiful inspiration for the home cook; proof you don't need pacojets to make unique and flavorful frozen dessert.
I love this kind of story. Very inspirational.
oh boy, this is my kind of book! my ice cream maker has a permanent spot on the kitchen counter all summer long.
I love the styling in the pictures, it's earthy and sophisticated. I certainly have room for another book. Thanks for this heads up, greatly looking forward to its release.
This looks interesting. I love making ice cream and this book sounds like it has a lot of great recipes.
I love Tessa and all she styles. I am really excited about this book. Thanks for the sharing!
Where is the actual van based I wonder? I live in the UK and have never heard of it?
so many new ones for me........i want the book.
OMG! I don't have my IC maker here with me in London so I guess I'll just have to look into hiring the van! Love the interesting flavors and the granita looks so light and fluffy. Interesting ice cream flavors seems to be the new cupcake - taking over the world by sweet storm.
Hello Heidi, Burnt orange caramel ice cream? mmm.. I filled our freezer with quite a lot of ice creams and sorbet last summer, and I'm just feeling that I might just do the same this year! The book (and oh, Mr. Frosty!) looks pretty and fun. Hope I can lay my hands on it. Thanks for the heads-up!
I agree with meleyna. Gin and tonic sorbet, I'm in love already!
I do a lot of ice cream, and allways looking for new flavors (stawberry tomato and basil last week!). I need this book!
lemon balm and poppy seed...that sounds delicious!
Mmmmm, I could founder on ice cream! This is definitely a must have:)
Any excuse to break out the ice cream machine is a welcome one. And gin and tonic sorbet? Seriously? Sold!
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