Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Homemade Strawberry Gelato

It's so gratifying to make homemade gelato, especially during the hot humid months of summer. This recipe takes full advantage of the bounty of plump sweet red strawberries found in the markets these days, and the results are absolutely delicious — bursting with berry goodness. Just three simple ingredients: berries, sugar and cream, a couple of minutes, a good quality Gelato machine, and you're on the way to creating your own personal range of signature desserts.

Fresh washed, hulled and sliced strawberries

Puréed with sugar and water until smooth

Puréed with cream and poured into my Lello gelato machine for 40 minutes

Strawberry Gelato
Makes 1 quart

1 1/2 lb strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
1/2 cup sugar 
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Place the strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar into a food processor and blend until they're well combined. Then add the cream and process until well blended, about 2-3 minutes. Pour the mixture into the bowl of a Gelato machine and freeze 35-40 minutes. The gelato can be stored for 2-3 days in the freezer.