A Knickerbocker Glory is a tall ice cream sundae with lots of diverse ingredients; such as cake, fruit, cookies, nuts, gelatin, sauces, fruit curds, compotes, meringues, ice creams, and flavored whipped creams. It is a classic British dessert that probably had its start in the United States around 1915, before moving across the pond, according to Matthew Robinson, the author of Knickerbocker Glory: A Chef’s Guide to Innovation in the Kitchen and Beyond. Matthew’s book pairs his interest in the food industry with his experience as a scientist, spokesperson, and a product developer.
The basic Knickerbocker Glory recipe is here, as well as about 30 other distinctive recipes; like…
Pumpkin Spice- Crushed Gingersnaps, Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Spice Cake, Pumpkin Meringues
Bonkers for Bananas- Almond Toffee Ice Cream, Rum Raisin Cake, Banana Compote, Banana Ice Cream, and Maple Sour Cream
Black and Tan- Guinness Ice Cream-yum, Gingerbread, and Candied Ginger
Mocha Java- Espresso Ice Cream, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pirouette Cookies, Mocha Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans
This is not merely a cookbook, though, as Matthew Robinson’s goal is to assist you in unleashing your creativity. Whether you are the type of person who reads and follows a recipe to the letter, or you are the type of person that prefers to add your own twist to the recipe as you go along, this book will assist you in preparing a luscious dessert that has a big “wow moment”. Matthew starts with a basic recipe, provides many versions to peak your interest, and explains the basic innovation process, which is not limited to making a dessert.
The 6 step process of innovation can also be used in your daily life to meet your personal needs; to solve problems, create new opportunities, and achieve your own ”wow moment”.
- State-What are you trying to accomplish?
- Stimulate-Important facts and information
- Formulate-Organizing the facts into opportunity areas
- Ideate-Putting ideas on paper
- Create-Bring ideas to life, turning ideas into real products
- Iterate-Perfecting the products
The book reads like a science journal, cookbook, and self-help guide all rolled in to one. It is very interesting, and the recipes look delicious. You get the feeling as you read the book that your brain is expanding while you are absorbing the words on the page. It’s easy to look at pictures and become inspired about what to make for dinner, but this book gives you the tools to get your creative juices flowing, inspiring you to go into the kitchen and bring your own ideas to life. I made the Citrus Explosion Knickerbocker Glory for Mark and he loved it. Enjoy!
Recipe and photos are here.
Citrus Explosion is courtesy of
Knickerbocker Glory: A Chef’s Guide to Innovation in the Kitchen and Beyond by Matthew Robinson
Published by The Culinary Exchange, LLC. 539 E. 4th St. Waverly, Ohio 45690 http://www.theculinaryexchange.net/index.php