Since trying out gelato a number of years ago, I’ve always wanted to try and make it at home. My first attempt at it a few years back was rather unsuccessful though I’m not sure why. As a result, I’ve been hesitant to try again. BUT … this past Christmas, we got an ice-cream maker (this one) for Christmas and I had gotten The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto: Bold, Fresh Flavors to Make at Home (since I liked their Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares I found at the grocery store).
Given that the weather lately has been fairly hot (for Western WA), I decided to give the ice-cream maker a whirl … or two as the case was. The first recipe I tried was the pistachio gelato recipe.
pistachio gelato
I think I accidentally added just a touch too much almond extract (as it seemed to me to be on the verge of overpowering the signature flavor of pistachios) and I purposely left out the whole pistachios that it says to add at the end (since I’m not a big fan of nut chunks in my frozen treats). It turned out pretty well — even my husband who was skeptical about the flavor seems to be enjoying it.
One lesson I learned since the last time I made gelato is that it should be served at a slightly warmer temperature than traditional ice cream. This time, I made sure to pull it out of the freezer and let it sit for a few minutes before attempt to scoop and serve. This made it not only easier to scoop, but the texture more closely approximated the texture of gelato most recently tasted at a gelato place near where I work.
Then, because my husband requested a more “traditional” flavor and because we had a bunch of strawberries from the garden from last year sitting in the freezer, I decided to make some strawberry gelato as well. Plus, I had also decided to acquire these cute ice cream tubs and wanted to try them out :). The sugar content probably could have been reduced even further, but everyone in the family really enjoyed it as it was. Here it is in all its pretty pinkness, fresh out of the machine:
strawberry gelato
So glad to know that gelato making isn’t as intimidating as I feared and looking forward to trying out more gelato recipes and also maybe also some “regular” ice cream and sorbet/sorbetto recipes. Excited!! 🙂 🙂

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