Making Straciatella Gelato

Making Straciatella Gelato

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People all over the world are in love with ice cream, and it’s no different in Italy, where their ice cream is called Gelato.  Unlike ice cream, gelato differs slightly in that it has a slightly less butterfat content of about 4-8%, where as ice cream is 14%.  stracciatellaAlong with a lower butterfat content, gelato generally has a lower sugar content of about 16-22%, where ice cream is about 21%.  Gelato’s original flavors included banana, strawberry, chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, and straciatella, which is basically the Italian version of chocolate-chip ice cream.

Making gelato at home has become easier with the introduction of Kitchenaid stand mixer.  Along with the mixer,  they have  ingeniously introduced a fantastic attachment called the Kitchenaid ice cream maker that is put in the freezer prior to making the ice cream.  The ice cream (or gelato) mixture is put into the frozen bowl, and is mixed for 25-30 min, and voila….. you’ve got your gelato!

Here’s a great recipe for Straciatella, which comes from the italian word STRACCIO, which means “torn apart

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups Whole Milk
1 3/4 cups Heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1 cup + 2 tbsp Sugar
70 g Quality Chocolate chopped into small pieces (Dark works well)

  • In a medium sauce pan, warm milk and cream until foam forms around edges.  Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolk and sugar until frothy.  Pour warm milk & cream into the mixture, whisking constantly.  Return the gelato mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Continue stirring until the gelato mixture begins to come together and coats the back of the wooden spoon (if small egg lumps begin to show, remove immediately).
  • Pour gelato mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a large stainless steel bowl to remove any large pieces of egg that may have formed during heating.  Cover the gelato mixture with plastic wrap and allow to cool for 2hrs (overnight works best)
  • After allowing the gelato mixture to cool, pour gelato mixture into your kitchenaid ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions.  About 5 min before the gelato is ready,  add chocolate pieces and allow to finish mixing.
  • Transfer to an air tight container and enjoy immediately or freeze and enjoy later

Enjoy this silky smooth italian dessert and be sure to  post your comments.

Buon appetito!

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