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Gelato the Italian way. Incredibly easy to make and incredibly yum! Ice cream or gelato maker required. My family goes crazy over this eggless chocolate stuff! Serve with homemade whipped cream and berries. Buon appetito!


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15 mins
15 mins
1 hr 45 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
1 /2 gallon


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Bring 2 1/4 cups milk just to a boil over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan.

  • While milk is heating, whisk sugar, 1/4 cup cold milk, cornstarch, and salt together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Whisk cold mixture into the boiling milk and bring to a boil over medium heat; let boil for 3 minutes, whisking constantly until mixture is very thick. Remove from heat.

  • Place chocolate into a mixing bowl.

  • Bring remaining 1/2 cup cold milk just to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Pour hot milk over chocolate and let stand until chocolate melts, about 1 minute. Whisk until smooth.

  • Stir chocolate mixture into cornstarch-milk mixture. Force through a fine-mesh sieve into a mixing bowl. Let cool slightly, stirring frequently to prevent a skin from forming. Cover surface with wax paper. Chill in a refrigerator until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.

  • Pour mixture into a gelato or ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 15 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze in a freezer until hardened if necessary.


Cook's Notes:

Do yourself a favor and don't skip the important step of straining the mixture through a sieve before freezing. I've done it both ways. Although it turned out good without straining, I can tell a difference in the smoothness when it's strained. Gelato must be very smooth!

Gelato should be served soft. If it is frozen hard, you can place it in a refrigerator for about 30 minutes or so to let it soften.

The chocolate you use to make this gelato is very important. I've used 75% cocoa and it was a little too bitter and strong for us. Some people like their chocolate like that, so go for it if you're one of those. Next time (and every time after) I used 60% cocoa, and it's perfecto!

Once the gelato is ready to serve, be prepared for the rush! It's delizioso!

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 27.1g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 110.8mg. Full Nutrition