Rating: 4.88 stars
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

My variation on a delicious dessert we experienced in Rome this spring. Called tartufo because it resembles a truffle.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 balls
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine milk, cream, and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir until the sugar dissolves, about 3 to 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until the egg yolks are light in color, about 4 minutes. Stir 1/2 cup of the milk mixture into the egg yolks, then pour all of the egg mixture into the saucepan, stirring continuously. Cook, stirring continuously, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

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  • Add the chocolate hazelnut spread, espresso powder, and vanilla, stirring until well combined. Pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Refrigerate several hours until cold.

  • Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer gelato into an airtight container and place in freezer until solid.

  • To make the tartufo: Scoop 4-ounce portions of gelato and form into balls using your hands. Poke a hole in each ball and place 1 cherry in each, cover with gelato, and place on a baking sheet. Roll gelato balls in the grated chocolate until coated and return to the freezer until ready to serve. Serve with whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

394 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 39.4g; fat 24.4g; cholesterol 149.7mg; sodium 56.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2009
We Italians do love our gelato Nutella and espresso and KTPOPPY you hit the nail on the head with this! All three lovelies in one quick fix! This is as fine a gelato as any I had in Rome as well - it's just stunningly decadently delicious! Silky smooth mildly chocolate and boldly espresso. Unfortunately with just hubs and me it was impractical to make the little tartufos but they sure would make a beautiful presentation for a dinner party - particularly an Italian themed dinner! I did garnish each serving with chopped toasted hazelnuts (we always referred to them as filberts growing up) a cherry and the shaved chocolate. Aside from being sinfully awesomely good this is beautiful too. I made this exactly as the recipe directs and would do so again - KT has the ingredients and proportions of them perfectly accurate. Just a thought...this is so rich and wonderful on its own I think the frozen whipped topping would only be an unneccesary distraction. But if you must for garnish I would give this the real whipped cream it deserves! But only if you must... Read More
(53)
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2009
We Italians do love our gelato Nutella and espresso and KTPOPPY you hit the nail on the head with this! All three lovelies in one quick fix! This is as fine a gelato as any I had in Rome as well - it's just stunningly decadently delicious! Silky smooth mildly chocolate and boldly espresso. Unfortunately with just hubs and me it was impractical to make the little tartufos but they sure would make a beautiful presentation for a dinner party - particularly an Italian themed dinner! I did garnish each serving with chopped toasted hazelnuts (we always referred to them as filberts growing up) a cherry and the shaved chocolate. Aside from being sinfully awesomely good this is beautiful too. I made this exactly as the recipe directs and would do so again - KT has the ingredients and proportions of them perfectly accurate. Just a thought...this is so rich and wonderful on its own I think the frozen whipped topping would only be an unneccesary distraction. But if you must for garnish I would give this the real whipped cream it deserves! But only if you must... Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2010
Okay. This is seriously the BEST gelato/ice cream that I have ever had...and I've had gelato in Italy! This was my first time ever making any kind of ice cream...the recipe was very easy to follow and came out better than I could ever imagine! I didn't make the balls, or add cherries...just made the gelato. The grated chocolate (I used milk choc) was absolutely perfect! And it has the perfect amount of coffee flavor. I used to buy gelato in the freezer section of our local grocery store and it was about $9 for a little pint...never again! You just saved me alot of money, THANK YOU!!! ***NOTE TO KTPOPPY: I would change the name to something like "Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato Truffles" so that people can find it in a search...the only way I found this was by going to the ingredient search, typing in "hazelnut" and going through a few pages. It definitely deserves to be found! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2012
KTPOPPY, I followed your instructions to make this AMAZING gelato. The cuisinart made it too soft to make tartufo so we just put it in cups and topped it with the cherries and chocolate. It was heavenly! If anyone really wants the tartufo then they might have to allow some extra time in the freezer after the gelato is made, depending on how hard their ice cream maker freezes stuff. The only ad-libs were a few toasted almonds and some heavy cream flavored with almond extract, vanilla extract, and maraschino cherry juice and white sugar whipped up to top it. There was just enough left to make one tartufo the next day, which was easy after the gelato rested in the freezer overnight. I then hid the lone tartufo in the back of the freezer so only I would know of its existence, until I greedily devoured it when no one else was around to beg for a bite. This brings out the worst in me. So FIVE stars for the recipe and only one for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2009
OK I didn't make the whole recipe just the gelato part but OMG is it ever fantastic! Definately worth trying. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2013
This is my first review although there are many recipes here that I love and I've been using Allrecipes for years. That should tell you how much I love this gelato. The most amazing part of it is that while it doesn't really get very solid in my cheap-o Cuisinart ice cream maker it doesn't matter. Make it a day ahead and put it in the freezer. Unlike so many other ice cream/yogurt recipes the texture is fantastic right out of the freezer!!! To me that is the most amazing part of this recipe and what separates it from so many others. I made the recipe as is and it's fantastic. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2013
This recipe is VERY good! I used 1 tbls of espresso instead of 2 and I didn't have any vanilla so I ommited that. And it was still delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2016
Without exception family and friends rave about this. Serving it without fanfare it still gets a big reaction on the first bite. I'm currently aiming to find the right amount of Stevie to replace the sugar. Tip: The only tedious part of this recipe is the egg mixture on the stove. I now do the egg mixture heating in one big batch and refrigerate for the hours recomnended or overnight. When I return to it it's very easy to make several batches with different flavors in the (mine happens to be Cuisinart) electric ice cream maker maker. I also pour the post-heated egg mixture into ice cube trays then freezer those in so I can pull out pre-portioned pasteurized egg mixture. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2018
This recipe is not too difficult to make and the resulting gelato has a wonderful consistency and flavor. My kids and I really liked it except it had much too strong of a coffee flavor. As I made it I was curious about the instant coffee but thought to try it out and see how it went. Well it really is more of a coffee gelato than a chocolate hazelnut gelato. We will definitely be making it again but will substitute something for the coffee. Read More