Saturday, January 10, 2009

What's for dessert: vanilla gelato

Back on my gelato kick for a day – more on why only a day sometime next week.  I was finishing up some dulce de leche, had too much milk left over when we were in Hawaii and a lot of sugar, I did the long slow cook to reduce them and essentially get a milk caramel.  Wasn’t able to cook it quite long enough over there so I put it into a ziplock and brought it home to finish it. Dave said we needed ice cream to go with it.  Since I didn’t feel like making a custard base for ice cream, I decided on trying a simple vanilla gelato.  I could not find the kind of recipe I wanted but tonight I felt up to experimenting.  I took 1 cup of white corn syrup, 2 tsp of vanilla, 1 ¼ cups of heavy cream, ¾ cup of milk, and a pinch of salt.  Whisked that all together and froze it in my machine.  It came out with a wonderful texture, more like a soft-serve ice cream, so I guess I can’t call it gelato.  But I’ll be making this again!

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