I do love a bit of ice cream. And I do think England is one of the finest producers of ice cream in the world. I know the Italians make brilliant gelato and the French are difficult to surpass with their glaces but English ice cream has memories attached. Memories of day trips to Margate and my first ever ice cream for that matter. It was such a treat for us and it was thankfully allowed to be savoured as the weather was never hot enough for it to melt quickly. I remember the creamy taste of the ice cream mixed with salty waterdrops in the sea air. This is what came flooding back when I made Cornish Style Vanilla Ice Cream from Ben Vear’s new book.
A marvellous book by a remarkable young man
Ben is 22 years old and a fourth generation master ice cream maker from the heart of the Cotswolds. He learnt his craft through generations of his family who are still in business today. Ben’s Great Grandfather Albert Winstone started Winstones Cotswold Ice Cream in 1925 near Stroud, Gloucestershire. Ben’s mother Jane sits as managing director and Ben’s father Colin acts as General Manager. It’s a proper family business and if they are all as lovely as Ben, it’s no wonder they’ve been around such a long time. People buy from people. I firmly believe that.
This is a great book for ice cream novices and those who want to experiment with something more radical. You really do have all the know how to experiment and enjoy different ice creams. Perfect timing for this sultry British summer we’re having.