Double Chocolate Gelato
Gelato is one of my favorite frozen desserts. I tried it first time 10 years ago in Puerto Rico. It was the first time I have seen that many verities of gelato with many different flavors and several unique presentations. I even wanted to buy gelato machine to make my own gelato at home but it is expensive and will take up a lot of room in our small kitchen.
This is was my first time trying to make gelato and I choose a recipe that I found on the Ecole Chocolate Academy web site.
I had to snap a picture quickly as my family ate all the gelato I made within a second as it was so good.
You do not need to have a gelato machine or even an ice cream maker just a hand mixer or if you do not have one just your hands.
The secret of making a good chocolate gelato is using a good quality dark chocolate.
For about 8 servings you will need:
• 3 cups of cold milk divided
• 7 ounces of good quality dark chocolate with more than 50% cocoa content
• 3 tablespoons extra chocolate to add crunchy taste to gelato
• 1/2 cup of fine granulated sugar
• 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
• 1 tablespoon of dark cocoa powder
In sauce pan bring 2 1/4 cup of milk to boil.
Meanwhile mix together sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder then add 1/4 cup cold milk and whisk it together well.
Add your cornstarch mixture to the boiling milk and keep whisking it until it will becomes thicker look more like a custard. Take it off the heat and set aside.
Bring another 1/2 cup of milk to boil and take it off the heat. Pour this milk into chopped chocolate or if you using chocolate chips pour it over them and let it sit for 2 minutes. Using a whisk, whisk milk together with chocolate until it is smooth and glossy looking like a chocolate ganache.
Add your chocolate custard to chocolate ganache and mix it well.
Let this mixture cool for 5 minutes stirring frequently to prevent it from forming a skin.
Then transfer gelato into a plastic or stainless steel bowl and freeze for 1 hour. Then take it out again and stir it more using spatula or hand mixer. Add chocolate chips or chopped chocolate for crunch and double chocolate flavor.
Place it back to the fridge for another hour and then repeat again.
Freeze your gelato for at least 4 hours before serving.
When serving take it out from freezer and let it sit for 5 minutes to soften and serve. Enjoy!