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Homemade gelato.
Photo ©Flavia Cori

Desserts

Homemade Tuscan gelato: how to

Gelato, the ultimate sweet Italian treat. According to legend the first Gelato was created in Tuscany, and Catherine Medici of the famous Medici family was so impressed that she insisted that the dessert be ordered especially for her impending wedding. Why not try and make your own at home version of everyone’s favourite dessert.  This recipe can be made solely by hand as you don’t need the use of an ice cream maker.   

Ingredients
Homemade gelato
Homemade gelato - Credit: Flavia Cori
  • 250ml Fresh Cream
  • 250ml Fresh Milk 
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
What you will need
Homemade Tuscan gelato
Homemade Tuscan gelato - Credit: Flavia Cori
  • Hand blender or electric mixer
  • Container for the gelato 
Method

Follow these steps:

First pour the milk, sugar and cream into a pan and simmer for 3 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves

Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature and then place into the fridge for an hour

In the meantime place a container in the freezer, which you will need later to store the ice cream in

Take the mixture out of the fridge and pour it into tall container. Blitz with a hand blender or electric mixer until obtaining a foamy texture

Take out the freezer container and pour the mixture into the container and place back in the freezer for 5-6 hours

At 30 minute intervals take out the mixture and stir it to avoid the surface crystallising. This repeated action will create the soft gelato texture, this process might take some time but is essential to get the right texture

Serve the ice cream with chocolate cream or fresh fruit

Special thanks to Aurelio Barattini for sharing his family recipe.

Article by Chantal Brown

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