This nutella gelato is so good that I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get a photograph of it before it was all gone.
It's made from a custard with both nutella and cocoa powder which gives it a smooth creamy flavor without making it too rich. Once frozen, it didn't even last two evenings before we finished the whole batch.
In the past I've ignored gelato recipes in favor of ice cream but I've been trying out this Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker so it was the perfect time to try something new. Plus, I couldn't just let this machine sit there and look pretty (isn't it pretty though?) I wanted to put it to work.
And work it did! It can handle up to 2 quarts and had the gelato frozen at the soft serve stage in only 20 minutes. I just turned it on and whir-whir-whir gelato!
This photo here illustrates my usual method of nutella consumption. Onto a spoon.. into the mouth. It's the reason that I try not to have it in the house because I know I'm likely to commit a nutella massacre.
But now with this gelato I have a new and even more delicious way of delivering nutella to my mouth. Considering how fast we finished the gelato I'm not sure how safe it is to have around either.
The milk and cream are heated up with half of the sugar while the egg yolks are whisked with the other half of the sugar. Then part of the hot milk is slowly poured into the yolks while you whisk (this tempers them) and its all mixed back together and heated on the stove with the cocoa powder until it thickens slightly.
The next day I churned it in the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker and put it in a container to firm up in the freezer. I had friends stop by while the ice cream was churning and we stood around scraping the ice cream maker's bowl which had a layer of nutella gelato deliciousness on it. It's the ice cream equivalent of licking the beaters after making icing (only, don't actually put your tongue on it. Obviously it's all frozen and your tongue will stick. Use a spoon).
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(Adapted from FoodNetwork)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup nutella
1. Combine the milk, cream, 1/4 cup sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla in a pot. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally
2. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until thick
3. Once the milk mixture is hot slowly pour part of it into the egg yolks while whisking. Add the egg mixture back into the pot and heat over medium heat on the stove. Stir constantly until slightly thickened (about 8- 10 minutes)
4. Once the custard has thickened remove from heat and whisk in the 1/2 cup of nutella. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard (to prevent a skin from forming) and allow to chill overnight in the fridge
5. Once chilled the gelato is ready to be churned. Churn in your ice cream maker until it reaches the soft serve stage then scoop into a container and allow to firm up in the freezer. Scoop and enjoy