Ice Cream or Gelato? Why not both?!
I have also made plenty of gelatos. It is definitely one of my favorite styles of ice cream. Smooth, creamy and not as heavy as many full cream styles.
Pictured above, Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato – one of my favorites. Recipe here.
Gelato starts with a good base that you can then add any number of flavors to:
Gelato di Crema (Gelato Plain Base)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolk
- 2/3 cup sugar
In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the milk and cream. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally so a skin doesn’t form, until tiny bubbles start to form around the edges and the mixture reaches a temperature of 170°F.
Meanwhile, in a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Gradually whisk in the sugar until it is well incorporated and the mixture is thick and pale yellow. Temper* the egg yolks by very slowly pouring in the hot milk mixture while whisking continuously. Return the custard to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and it reaches a temperature of 185°F. Do not bring to a boil.
*The best way to temper is to add a tablespoon at a time until you’ve added about 1/4 cup. Then you can add a full ladle at a time, slowly.
For Vanilla Gelato: Just before freezing the gelato, mix in the vanilla and then add to the ice cream freezer. Use 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract depending on how intense you like your vanilla flavor.
More flavor treats: Dutch Chocolate Gelato (here)
So before summer slips away, time to make some ice cream treats.