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For the Love of Gelato

If you like ice cream you’ll like these gelato recipes. It’s rich creamy frozen custard flavored with chocolate, fruits and nuts.

Throughout the years Italy has produced some of Europe’s best desserts. Many of these desserts are simple to make and do not involve any complicated techniques.

After eating an Italian meal course after course there is rarely any room for dessert. So any dessert served should be light and simple like fresh fruit or these tasty gelato recipes.

Here we’ll start with a basic custard cream gelato and then add a whole bunch of different ingredients to give it some fantastic flavors. You’ll need an ice cream maker for this one but its well worth the end results. Soon you’ll learn why this special dessert has been an Italian favorite for centuries.

Custard Cream Gelato

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of whole milk or 2%
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
12 egg yolks beaten
1 Tbls of grated orange or lemon peel

PREPARATION

In a large saucepan combined egg yolks, milk and sugar.
Cook and whisk over low heat until mixture sticks to the metal utensil.
Remove from heat and gradually mix in the remaining milk and grated peel making sure not to cook the eggs.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight or place the saucepan in an ice bath until completely chilled.
Freeze in a 5 quart ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions.
This recipe makes around 2 to 3 quarts of gelato. The recipe can be adjusted to make a smaller part but I always say if you’re going to make it you might as well make enough.

Triple Chocolate Gelato

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of whole milk or 2%
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
12 egg yolks beaten
6 oz of semi-sweet chocolate
6 oz of chopped semi-sweet chocolate
Cocoa powder for dusting

PREPARATION

Prepare the above custard recipe as directed without the peel.
Before adding the remaining 3 cups of milk add 6oz of semi-sweet chocolate until melted.
Chill in the refrigerator or ice bath.
Chop up 6 more ounces of chocolate and whisk into the mixture.
Freeze as directed.
Dust with cocoa powder upon serving.

Peach Gelato

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of whole milk or 2%
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
12 egg yolks beaten
6 to 8 peaches pitted, peeled and chopped.

PREPARATION

Prepare the above custard recipe as directed without the peel.
In a blender or food processor blend peaches until smooth
Before adding the remaining 3 cups of milk whisk in 2 cups of the blended peaches.
Chill in the refrigerator or ice bath.
Freeze as directed.

Strawberry Gelato

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of whole milk or 2%
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
12 egg yolks beaten
3 cups of chopped strawberries

PREPARATION

Prepare the above custard recipe as directed without the peel.
In a blender or food processor blend strawberries until smooth.
Before adding the remaining 3 cups of milk whisk in 3 cups of blended strawberries.
Chill in the refrigerator or ice bath.
Freeze as directed.

This will give you a general thought of what kind of gelato you can make. Use your own favorite ingredients and delight in.

Mangia Italiano!

Phil has been cooking and making Italian dishes ever since the age of ten. His passion and like for Italian food is never ending. Visit him at fantastic-chicago-italian-recipes.com fantastic-chicago-italian-recipes.com for more family favorites.



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