For those who haven't tried gelato, they don't understand what the hype is about. But once you get to compare it with regular ice cream, you’ll understand why people get hooked to it. The search on how to find the best gelato out there seems to be never-ending. Recipes on how to make the best one are all over as well. If you’ve been to Italy or have plans of going there, chances are you'll hear about gelato. But what is it, really? Is it gelatin or just another fancy name for ice cream? One thing is for sure, it’s not gelatin but a different version of ice cream that comes from Italy. But what’s more interesting is it’s not really an ice cream.
Gelato is made from milk instead of cream, which makes it a better option since it’s lower in fat. It is also more dense than ice cream, thus it’s more flavorful. So, if you can’t wait to have a scoop of gelato, wouldn’t it be nice to make some at home? Read more to learn how to make delicious gelato at home.
- 650ml whole milk
- 120ml double cream
- 180g unrefined sugar
- 45g skimmed milk powder
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- Together, place the milk and cream in a saucepan and set at a medium heat. While it’s warming, mix the sugar, skimmed milk powder and corn flour in a measuring jug.
- Measure the temperature of the milk and cream with a probe thermometer. When it reaches 40ºC, add the dry ingredients. Whisk and stir continuously with a spatula until it reaches 85ºC.
- Create an ice bath. Fill the sink with ice and cold water. Plunge the saucepan into the ice bath while stirring occasionally. You need to bring the temperature down to 10ºC within 30 minutes.
- When the mix is cooled, place in a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
- After, churn it into gelato. Start by passing it through a fine sieve. Next, blitz with a hand blender
- Pour into your ice cream machine and churn until frozen.
- Scoop your freshly churned gelato into a container and cover with greaseproof paper and a tight fitting lid. Place in the freezer and consume within one month.
There you go! You’ve got your homemade gelato in very simple steps. This cold, refreshing, and flavorful treat is definitely a joy to explore. Now, you can have it at your own disposal! As you appreciate its taste and flavor you’ll encounter more fun facts you didn’t know about gelato. Since you already know the basic method of making gelato, you can branch out to other flavors. For example, you can also add mix-ins — like chocolate chips, chopped fruit, or toffee bits — in the last few minutes of churning, or layer them into the ice cream when you transfer it to the freezer container.
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