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.
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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