Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cherry Gelato

Light, airy, and eggless, this cherry gelato is a fantasy in foodie form. I still feel guilty for eating something so heavenly (and pink!). 

If these picture don't make you want to try this, then I don't know what else I could say that would...

Cherry Gelato

yields 3 cups of gelato

2 cups half and half
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cherry preserves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped cherries

Mix 1/2 cup half and half and cornstarch in a small bowl until thoroughly combined with no lumps.

Heat 1 1/2 cups half and half and sugar in a medium saucepan until almost boiling. Add cornstarch mixture and cherry preserves. Let simmer for 3 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Remove from freezer. Add lemon juice. Freeze according to ice cream maker's instructions. At the last moment add chopped cherries. Remove gelato from ice cream maker, and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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  1. So pretty, sounds creamy and delicious!

  2. I just bought an ice cream maker recently so I will have to give this a try sounds great! I would love to try it with strawberries also. Do you think I could just substitute cherry preserve and chopped cherries for strawberry???

  3. Wow. I adore creamy things, and that looks absolutely heavenly. Imagine that served atop some mini pistachio cakes? Oh my ... that's my next experiment.

  4. Love the pink colour of the gelato...cherry gelato just sounds so perfect right now!

  5. Oh, this is fabulous! I love looks so creamy and beautiful! Happily buzzed this pink delight!

  6. I am in love with this pink... it's almost too pretty to eat! Only almost, though - it takes more than a gorgeous colour to make me turn down gelato. :) Must remember to pick up some cherries while they're still in season so I can whip up a batch of this for myself!

  7. @sherry - I would cook and mash the strawberries with a little bit of sugar and lemon juice first to make some strawberry syrup (then you'll still get a good flavor and nice color, and then add some chopped strawberries right at the end while the gelato is churning in your ice cream maker.

    Thanks for all the compliments :)

  8. Foodie fantasy is right! This looks ah-mazing! Cherry season is still going strong around here so I'll be bookmarking this recipe for sure!

  9. It is amazing looking!! I will have to mark this as a definite "to try" recipe!

  10. Oh my gosh, must try!
    I just got an ice cream maker from my husband recently. :)

  11. You had me at 'gelato'. And the cherries, well... that's just the cherry on top. Lovely photos!

  12. Wow! I can't wait to try that recipe. It sure looks great!

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