Monday, June 13, 2011

Homemade Black Cherry Gelato

One of my favourite purchases this year is my Lello Gelato Machine. Not only does it make fabulous italian-style gelato, it can also make rich ice cream, silky sorbets, fresh frozen yoghurts, sherbets and frozen cocktails such as Banana Daiquiris or Pina Coladas! With all the wonderful sweet black cherries in the market at the moment, I couldn't resist making my first Black Cherry Gelato. The process couldn't be easier — pit the cherries then purée with some cream, sugar and almond extract in a food processor. The mixture is then tossed into the bowl of the gelato machine and half an hour later — homemade Cherry Gelato!

Black Cherry Gelato
Serves 4

3 cups black cherries, pitted
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups half and half cream
1 1/2 tbsp almond extract

Pit the cherries and coarsely chop. Purée the cherries, sugar, cream and almond extract in a food processor until smooth. Pour the mixture into the bowl of the Lello Gelato machine and freeze 25-30 minutes.