Blueberry Gelato

Think of your favorite summer fruit…now picture it as a cool, smooth dessert and you have gelato. Gelato is an Italian type of ice cream that is worth making at home. No, you won’t achieve the same texture or temperature in which tourists take delight but you will have a creamy bite and a fruit-filled spoonful of this special dessert. The ratio of heavy cream to whole milk is different than that of ice cream and the at-home ice cream machine adds more air than is traditional but don’t let that stop you from giving this recipe a try. I chose blueberries and just as easily could have used raspberries, strawberries, peaches, plums, or nearly any other summer fruit or berry. Puree the fruit or berry first then cool it with the other ingredients before moving on to the ice cream machine. I can’t wait to hear what flavors you make this summer!

Ingredients:
From the Food Network recipe here
12 ounces of blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk (I used 2% milk instead)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Puree the blueberries, sugar and milk in a high speed blender until smooth. If you do not have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I would suggest that you strain the puree to remove any bits of the blueberry left in the mixture.

Pour in the heavy cream and lemon juice, pulse to combine. Refrigerate overnight.

Process according to your ice cream machine’s directions, about 15-18 minutes. Freeze for 3-5 hours. You may need to warm the gelato slightly before serving. Sit it on the counter for 10 minutes so it softens or else you will miss its creamy texture.

One more item of interest (at least to me!): I got the idea from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum to use an old cookie sheet as the tray under the gelato in this photograph. I like how it turned out and will keep the tray in mind to use again soon. Check out her post with photography tip here.

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Comments

  1. says

    Such a beautiful color and taste I’m sure. Blueberries are one of my all time favorite berries. I haven’t thrown any in the ice cream freezer yet, but now I’m going to have to. You have inspired me.

    • says

      Hi Beth, Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I hope you find time to try a gelato this summer. I just stopped by your blog and sounds like one day you could even try the real Italian gelato if you sail around the world. Fun to think about! Holly

  2. says

    Gosh, this looks so good! Blueberries are my favorite thing. And ice cream is one of life’s essentials.
    So, obviously, I love this. :)

  3. says

    I love the colour, I can’t wait to try and make it to know how it tastes like. Great recipe. And a great way to complement other desserts.

  4. Anonymous says

    We are he heading to Maine for the last two weeks of August when their wild blueberries are in season. Do you think it would be crazy to fly an ice cream machine up there with me so we could try this? It looks delightful!

  5. says

    First time I have seen a recipe with several comments, but no one has tried it. Oh well: had a bumper crop of blue berries at our Seattle area home and decided to give it a try.

    Really good! Very light and full of flavor. Just like the old country.

    Thanks!

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