Who Know Making Home-Made Gelato Was So Easy….and So Much Fun
For my birthday, my wife threw a party in our back yard and we made pizza in a wood burning oven. One of my neighbors came over with a giant box and said don’t drop it and don’t turn it upside down. At the end of the night when everyone was gone and cleanup was done, I unwrapped the big box only to find a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker. Wow! What a generous gift and they’ll be receiving a lot of homemade ice cream and gelato in the coming years.
Over the weekend, my youngest daughter and I tried our hand at making some gelato. We decided on a flavor based on ingredients we had on hand so we ended up making fresh strawberry gelato and chocolate macadamia gelato. The recipes in the book that came with the gelato maker had to be adapted in order to work with our ingredients. For example, we used the wild berry gelato recipe for our strawberry gelato and substituted macadamia nuts for hazelnuts for the chocolate gelato.
To Cook or Not to Cook – A Very Good Question
In the recipes for ice cream and gelato that came with the Cuisinart machine, they bring the milk and cream to a simmer to reduce the base for gelato but not for ice cream. I wondered if this was unique to their machine and did a little research. I found that some gelato recipes do use heat and others do not but I’m pretty sure classic gelato recipes cook the ingredients down until they are thick enough to coat a spoon.
There are different types of ice cream / gelato makers. Some require you to first freeze the container you make the gelato in while others, like the one I was using, do not. Depending on the model you own, follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully.
What’s the Difference Between Gelato and Ice Cream
If you ever asked yourself what’s the difference between ice cream and gelato, check out my post describing the two and how they are similar and different. See Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato