25 April 2009

Strawberry Stracciatello Gelato for Taste and Create

Strawberry Stracciatello Gelato

For those of you who frequent my blog you know that I try never to miss the Taste and Create event which gets bigger and bigger each and every month. It is the brainchild of Nicole over at For the Love of Food . I love to visit her site for all the delicious recipes and tidbits of very helpful information. She even has an on-line store with wonderful kitchen gadgets and gourmet foods. We are paired with another foodie and prepare a dish from their site for the event. I love this idea so I can showcase someone elses talents and have the pleasure of creating something delicious as well. This month I have been paired with Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen . Aparna lives in Goa, India and is a vegetarian. We have been partnered before and she has many delicious recipes to choose from. She always makes it a tough choice to choose just one dish.... Dalmatian Pudding, Tomato Rasam, or Spiced Baby Potatoes with Sesame Seeds. I finally decided upon a gelato simply because I was looking for a dessert to serve company. With summer just around the corner this creamy concoction seemed perfect!!


Aparna says, "But what is stracciatella? In Italian, “stracciato” means “torn apart” and normally describes a soup into which egg is incorporated such that it forms shreds/ stracciatelle in the soup.It also refers to thin bits of chocolate in gelato which is what this recipe is about. Stracciatella gelato is made by finely drizzling melted chocolate onto frozen ice-cream (usually vanilla). The chocolate solidifies into thin pieces when it hits the cold ice-cream. This is broken up by lightly stirring the ice-cream. The result is a smooth ice-cream/ gelato with the slightest crunch/ crackle of chocolate and a wonderful experience."

Here is her recipe.....


3 cups finely chopped strawberries
½ cup granulated sugar (adjust as required)
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
500ml milk (3% fat)
3 teaspoon custard powder/ cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the stracciatella:

75gm semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
25gm milk chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons oil

Put the chopped strawberries in a bowl and add the sugar, honey, lemon juice and salt. Mix well and refrigerate this for about 30 minutes.In the meanwhile, boil the all the milk except half a cup. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down to medium. To the half cup of cold milk, add the custard powder/ cornstarch and mix well to dissolve it. Add this to the boiling milk and keep stirring till the milk thickens to a custard consistency. Take off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature, while stirring the custard frequently to prevent a skin from forming.Take the strawberry mixture out and puree it. Add the vanilla extract and the milk custard and blend well. Pour into a plastic or metal bowl, cover it and freeze. Then follow Angela’s advice to me which follows.

“Pour it into a plastic freezer box , cover the surface with clingfilm, put a lid on and freeze. Thereafter re-mix with a fork every 30 minutes until it reaches the right consistency. The ice cream should be eaten within 3 weeks; before serving, remove it to the main body of the refrigerator for 20 minutes to soften.When you think the ice-cream has almost reached the right texture, then melt your chocolate & oil together over hot water. Let it cool slightly and then quickly drizzle a little over the surface of the ice-cream. It should set on contact and then you need to quickly stir the chocolate into the ice-cream, breaking up any long strands of chocolate into small pieces. Keep repeating until the chocolate is used up. You may need to pop the ice-cream back in the freezer during this process if it starts to melt.”It is important to drizzle the chocolate in a thin stream and this can be done using a fork. That would give you the perfect texture.

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29 comments:

  1. i have never made ice-cream before, although i've always wanted to, and now with summer so near us, this is an inspiring post

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  2. Thanks for the lesson on this Val, I love it! And the color came out perfectly.

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  3. What a gorgeous ice cream flavor!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Love the info and the recipe. Gorgeous. Stratciatella was always my favourite as a child, but I think this would top my favourite list now.

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  5. You had me at "gelato."

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  6. The colour of the gelato is gorgeous, Val.
    I'm glad you liked it. But do try the version with the drizzled chocolate when you can. Its lovely.

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  7. Wooo, that drizzling of chocolate into the ice-cream sounds amazing!
    Strawberry anything sounds good as we're headed into those summer temps.

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  8. Val I love Gelato and this look wonderful Val, nice color!!xxGloria

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  9. Interesting - I always assumed stracciatella just meant chocolate chip!

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  10. This is beautiful and sounds so delicious...It's almost that time of year...when I want ice cream in one form or another constantly!!!

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  11. Even with it being a rainy day, I would gladly have some of that delicious gelato!!!

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  12. Oh yes, bring on the ice cream!

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  13. That looks delicious - and not so difficult to do.

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  14. I like the strawberry and chocolate gelato combo! Nice shot with it just starting to melt there.

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  15. I'm so glad you don't need an ice cream machine to make this, it's beautiful!!!

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  16. This sounds wonderful Val. Chocolate and strawberries are and instant hit for me. Might just have to try this on our next guests as strawberries are starting to ripen in spite of the cool rainy weather we've been having. Val you always have so many diverse ideas, cuisines and causes, it always a pleasure to stop by.

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  17. Wow sounds delicious! I love making ice cream so I'll be putting this on my list to make soon!!

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  18. Yum! I do like Aparna's site, she is very sweet and creative.
    Delicious looking gelato.

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  19. Oh my goodness, strawberries and chocolate?? In heavenly frozen form? Mmmmm... I'm in awe...

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  20. Thats gelato looks so refreshing Val, just right for the summer. Ooooooh yum yum!!

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  21. Love anything ice cream related! And the weather is finally starting to turn warm. I'll have to put this on my to-make list!

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  22. how fantastic! i love your artsy-fartsy in-the-scoop-and-slightly-melty photo of the gelato, and i love the very thought of a refreshing serving of it. :)

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  23. I like to think of myself as fairly well versed in Italian food, but I've never heard of straciatella ice cream. I love the idea though.

    Your ice cream is such a pretty color!

    I really need to get in on Taste and Create. I rip off enough bloggers on my own. I might as well be official about it!

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  24. So perfect now thats it swarming up.

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  25. Gelato will be perfect for a hot day like today.Good one Val.Not everyone can make a good gelato.

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  26. This is positively brilliant! I love it!

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  27. Delicious! I have never tried to make my own ice cream... maybe this summer ;))))

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  28. I love Gelato. I just bought an ice cream maker, I should start making these wonderful desserts.

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  29. What a heavenly ice cream! I'll have to keep this in mind next time I come with strawberries.

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