Gelato alla Crema (Egg Cream Gelato)

This is my husband's favorite flavor of gelato. It is the antique flavor similar to an egg custard. It serves nicely with fruit or even a piece of pie!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 cups whole milk

  • cup heavy whipping cream

  • 5 large egg yolks

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 (3 inch) vanilla bean, split and scraped

  • 2 teaspoons chestnut flour (Optional)


  1. Combine milk and cream in a saucepan and warm over low heat until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat.

  2. Combine egg yolks, sugar, scraped vanilla bean seeds, and chestnut flour in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until frothy. Gradually pour warm milk into egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly.

  3. Return mixture to saucepan; add scraped vanilla bean and cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately.

  4. Pour mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.

  5. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a sealed container, and freeze until firm. If the gelato is too firm, place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency before serving.

Cook's Notes:

The chestnut flour aids in thickening - it is "a piacere", meaning "if you like" in Italian, an optional ingredient.

The original recipe is in metric. If you have a scale, measure out 500 ml milk, 200 ml heavy cream, 150 g sugar, and 5 g chestnut flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
26g Fat
48g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 329mg 110%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Protein 8g
Potassium 231mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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