June 4, 2009

Strawberry Gelato

This post is going to be short and sweet today. Mainly because I have forfeited my life over to a series of books that have captured the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. Yes, I am slightly embarrassed to say that I have jumped on the Twilight bandwagon. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I'm sure making up for lost time. I simply cannot put these books down! They have me completely mesmerized and life as I know it is paused until I've read every last word. 

I did, however, manage to pull myself away long enough to use up some of the seasons beautiful strawberries in this delicious gelato. It's pretty and pink and tastes just like fresh berries. And I can vouch that it makes for a fabulous breakfast (what, there's milk and fruit in it!). If you aren't the proud owner of an ice cream maker, I would highly recommend that you get yourself one asap. Not only is it fun and easy, but there is just no beating freshly made ice cream.

I also want to thank everyone so much for the wonderful well wishes for my 1 year. I've had such a great time writing this blog, and am so blessed to have made so many wonderful friends through it. Thank-you so much for always being so supportive and motivating! 

I also want to mention that one of my family's dear friends has a wonderful art blog (she is a fantastic artist) and is having a giveaway for one of her very special pieces. Please do go give Kendall a visit at Kendall Boggs Fine Art.

Strawberry Gelato
Adapted from Bon Appetit via La Divina Gelateria in New Orleans

3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/4 cups sliced hulled strawberries
2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
  • Whisk in milk and cream and continue whisking while cooking over medium heat until it begins to thicken and bubble (about 5 minutes).
  • Pour liquid into bowl that is placed over ice and let chill slightly, stirring occasionally.
  • Puree strawberries in blender, then strain into the slightly cooled base liquid.
  • Stir in pomegranate juice.
  • Chill for 3 hours.
  • Process in ice cream maker per maker's instructions (mine took about 25 minutes).
  • Freeze at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

35 comments:

Katrina said...

Yum! I've got a 4 lb. container of strawberries that I need to do something with and SOON! This look de-lish!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

My husband and kids love to make ice cream and anything PINK makes my two-year-old very happy. Thanks for sharing. I'll get my husband right on it.

Dee said...

This looks delicious! Strawberries look so good right now too! As for the Twilight series..I am nowhere near my teenage years anymore & am on the 4th in the series!

Helene said...

I love Gelato and never made it. Delicious flavor.

5 Star Foodie said...

A homemade strawberry gelato sounds excellent! After only having chocolate ice creams/gelatos ever, my daughter is finally ready to adventure into new flavors, and strawberry is the first one on her list to try :)

Mary said...

This is so lovely looking! Local straberries are just starting to appear in our markets. When they are available I'll happily give this a try.

finsmom said...

I LOVE Gelato, and yours sounds heavenly! What a great way to use seasonal berries :)

noble pig said...

Love the melty cone!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

As you know, I've been on a strawberry binge lately. I'm planning to make a sorbet, that this gelato just might jump in before the sorbet. I do have an ice cream maker, so thanks for sharing. Yummy!

Chef Fresco said...

Homemade gelato, nice! When we went to Italy a while ago, my sister and I ate gelato 3xs a day - no joke. I might have to borrow this recipe :) P.S. I hear Twilight is awesome

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Enjoy your books with your strawberry gelato. That's what summer is for--guilty pleasures. :)

Donna-FFW said...

This looks so refreshing and absolutely delicious!! As for the twilight series, my daughter is obsessed with it.. I had to buy her the book, library one wasnt good enough! Same daughter who wants all abercrombie, no target. yeah, right.

Lavanya said...

lovely gelato..straebeeries are my fav..mouth watering :)

Sara said...

Never made gelato before, but I think it's about time I pulled out my ice cream maker to try! Looks great.

Kerstin said...

Looks so refreshing - I love the pomegranate juice in it!

Daniel said...

Its looking yummy ....So for trying this ice cream first i bought a ice maker from visitng many sites a site looking me beneficial Ice Makers and after buying ice maker i have tried to strawberrie flavor ice cream and it was really very yummmy thnxxxxxxx for such a nice posting ..........

Junglefrog said...

Everytime I see homemade icecream the first thing I think it; I HAVE to get myself an icecream maker, but I haven't yet... You just made me want it even more...:)

Elra said...

Perfect post! Just got back from my local farmer's market, and bought lot's of strawberry. Perhaps I can use some to make this gelato. Delicious!

Grace said...

drooool. i love strawberries, and i've recently decided gelato is even better than most ice cream, so i'm in love with this entire post. excellent work!

The Food Addicts said...

Yay for the start of summer and a reason to eat more ice cream! Your gelato looks mouth-watering. My husband and I are definitely going to make ice cream this summer, but gelato is definitely in the bag too!

Jescel said...

i agree, nothing beats freshly made ice-cream. i just made one myself, and you'll gonna be seeing it in my post soon. Anyhow, everybody seems to be mersmerized by the Twilight book and movie. Never read/ seen either, but my curiousity is piqued now.. hmmnn.. nothing can stop me from having this delish ice cream, regardless of how beautiful a book may be!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Mmmmm no ice cream maker here but you can use a food processor with frozen fruits for sorbet kind of frozen treats. Yum! Enjoy your books :-)

Lynda said...

I haven't made gellato before, but yours sure looks delicious! I'll have to dig my ice cream maker out of the attic! (I hope it still works :)

Lexie said...

I have never been into Twilight, but everyone that reads those books becomes obsessed! Maybe I should give it a try...love finding a good book that I can't put down.

Oh...that gelato is perrrfect for summer!

Sophie said...

MMMMM...your strawberry ice cream looks so yummie! I love the addition of the pomegranate juice! It is apart!

Maria said...

Gelato is so good! One of my favorite desserts! Esp. in the summer! We had a great time in FL!!

sugarlens said...

Oh you just made me want an ice cream maker even more!

Your strawberry gelato looks terrific!

jackie said...

Just got back from Brentwood, Ca. Went strawberry picking. I'm going to make your recipe. I love gelato ice cream

♥peachkins♥ said...

This is a perfect summer recipe!

Tiffiny Felix said...

I love fresh strawberries in ice cream--makes you wonder why we ever eat the fake stuff :) I've got to get an ice cream maker with all the great ice cream, sorbet, and now gelato recipes floating around right now :)

Oh, good luck on getting much of anything done while you're reading the Twilight books ;) We can all wait patiently while you succumb...

Lauren said...

Looks absolutely refreshing. Those Twilight books are a dangerous addiction, look out!

Lori Lynn said...

Really enjoyed Kendall's artwork.

Strawberry gelato sounds heavenly!
LL

Steph said...

Just found your blog, and though I'd tell you how much I like it! Great recipes!! I'll be sure to check it out more often.

I looooove gelato, and just got an ice cream maker!! I guess I'll have to give this one a try soon.

Farmer Jo said...

That looks great. I wish I had seen this recipe during strawberry season. Do you think it would work with raspberries??

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