Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nutella Gelato

I love trying new recipes for different flavors of ice cream. I recently saw some other bloggers making Giada's recipe for Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato, and decided I definitely had to make it! I didn't have any hazelnuts on hand, so I omitted those. This recipe is very simple to make (if you're used to making ice cream) and the ingredients are simple, too.

It doesn't taste exactly like Nutella, although there is a hint; it tastes like a delicious milk-chocolate ice cream. I love it. And I'm not a chocolate ice cream fan; in fact, I don't like chocolate ice cream. But I love this. This is good stuff.

Nutella Gelato
from Giada De Laurentiis

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)

1. In a saucepan combine the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar over medium heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whip the egg yolks with the remaining sugar using an electric mixer until the eggs have become thick and pale yellow, about 4 minutes. (A Kitchenaid is handy for this- I set mine near the stove). Pour 1/2 cup of the warm milk and cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir. Add this mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 3 to 7 minutes.

3. Place a strainer over a medium bowl and pour the warm custard mixture through the strainer. Stir in the vanilla and hazelnut spread (Nutella) until it dissolves. Chill mixture completely before pouring into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions to freeze. Transer into a freezer-safe container until hardened.

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Sonya said...

I'm going to try this! Im heading out to the store and Im getting some heavy cream..we always have Nutella in the house. I cant stand it but the boys love it. Im so excited because we love chocolate ice cream but I dont like the homemade ones with the cocoa powder. Thanks for this recipe!!!

What A Dish! said...

I'm not a Nutella fan either, Sonya, but I love this ice cream (I do like the white nutella, but that's hard to find these days). The kids love nutella, of course. ;)

Karine said...

That is an interesting combination, I would to try it!

Sonya said...

We have the white here..actually it's white and chocolate swirls..I've never seen just the white. Im starting the first part this morning and hopefully tonight we can enjoy it!

What A Dish! said...

Sonya, they have the swirls here too. Back in like, 1992, in Spain, I remember there being jars of just white nutella.... I was in love with it. I haven't seen that for a long, long time.

Sonya said...

Yay we are eating this right now and it's FANTASTIC!!! waaaaay better than the recipes that call for cocoa powder. Im going to post about it tomorrow but wanted to give you a big thank you for this awesome recipe!

Have you attempted Peppermint ice cream? thats one of my favorites..hint

What A Dish! said...

Yay, I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! Thanks for the feedback. :) I think we ate all of ours in one night, oops. Do you mean pink peppermint ice cream, or the green stuff? I've made green, but would love to try pink peppermint with crushed candy canes or something. Actually, I was just thinking of it the other day.

Sonya said...

Well believe it or not candy canes are hard to come by here and they taste weird..can u make the pink without the canes? maybe I will buy some in germany. I would love a recipe for either one:)

What A Dish! said...

I'm sure you don't need the candy canes, but I've never actually made it.

Sonya said...

Well if you ever get bored, you can always think hey...Sonya said she'd love a recipe for peppermint, I guess I can give it a go:) LOL