Fresh Seasonal Strawberries Make For Great Gelato
By now you know I am the proud owner of a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker given to me by my neighbors Bob and Barbara for my recent birthday and I’ve been experimenting with it to learn how to make great homemade ice cream and gelato. This recipe for strawberry gelato is one of my first attempts and it turned out better than expected.
The Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato Explained
When I tell people my youngest daughter and I have been making homemade gelato, the first question I get is “What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato?” so I wrote a short post describing the differences and similarities. They are quite similar when you look at the ingredients but you’ll find some differences when it comes to fat content, amount of air incorporated into each and serving temperature. Read my post and you will learn a lot more.
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into slices
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
How To Prepare At Home
Combine the cream and 1-1/2 cups of the milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
While the cream/milk heat, combine the remaining milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a mixing bowl using a whisk to mix well.
Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth, then set aside and reserve.
As soon as the cream/milk comes to a simmer, add the milk/sugar mixture and whisk until combined. Turn up the heat a little to bring this mixture to a boil while continuously whisking. Once it comes to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and let this cook down until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take 10 to 15 minutes depending on your stovetop.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the pureed strawberries, vanilla and straw berry jam.
The recipe says to strain this gelato base at this time and that’s what we did but next time I’m going to not strain and see what happens. I like the idea of having bits of strawberries in my gelato.
Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. I have read the longer you let the mixture sit, the more flavorful the gelato but I can’t tell you that from experience because I have only let it sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Before you add the chilled mixture to ice cream maker, whisk it well to combine all the ingredients. Add the gelato mixture to the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparing gelato.
For my Cuisinart Commercial Quality & Gelato Maker, this means using “gelato paddle” and mixing for 30 to 40 minutes until thickened. The gelato will be soft at this point and reading for serving but I like my gelato a little firmer so I stick it into the freezer in an airtight container for an hour or two to firm it up.
According to the Cuisinart directions, you should remove the gelato from the freezer 15 minutes prior to serving to let it soften up some. I can make it no more than 5 minutes before jumping into it.
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