Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Strawberry Gelato

Hi All,
Another week almost done and we find ourselves halfway through it.  I had such a lovely day yesterday, especially when Akira and Storm were playing catchers outside and Stormy was yelling on the top of her voice, "Mommy, mommy!! Akira is a Wompie! The Wompies are coming!!". Well now, I thought, seems the Zombie Apocalypse is finally here! Although how Storm managed to derive the word "Wompie" from "Zombie", is a little bit beyond me at this point of time.

As promised last week, today I'm going to chat about Italian Gelato, (Gelati for plural). Its basically home made ice cream, Italian Style......well, sort of. LOL! I was so fed up with the loooong process so here are two quick ways of making gelato.



Method One: Using an Electric Ice Cream Maker
Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
4 cups milk
2 tblspns vanilla extract
2/3 cups strawberry preserve
2/3 stemmed and sliced in length ways, fresh strawberries

Beat your egg yolks fluffy, add your milk and vanilla extract and give it a good stir. Pour it into a double boiler and cook on medium till its the consistency of light cream, make sure you stir it continuously! There's nothing worse than lumpy gelato.  Push it through a fine strainer and pop in fridge for about 2 hours. Then, add the mix into your ice cream maker with the preserve and the fresh strawberries and follow the directions on your machine.

Method 2: Without An Ice Cream Maker
4 cups fresh strawberries sliced quite thin and small.
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup marscapone or creme fraiche

Pop your strawberry pieces on a lined baking dish, in a single layer, and freeze till solid. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they freeze.
Bomb them in a food processor and pulse. Add your creme fraiche/marscapone and the sugar and blend it till its silky smooth. You can serve this immediately or put it in a dish and freeze it. Just pulse it a bit more before serving if you take it out the deep freeze.

And there you go! Two methods of Italian gelato. You can literally use any fruits to make this. I've tried
peach, blueberry, strawberry and kiwi. Very, very yummo indeed!  Oh, and I've added nuts as well for some variations in flavour and texture.

See you all tomorrow for another amazing recipe.

Have a great Apocalypse, Wompies! Peace out.
Chef Shants xxxxx

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