13 June 2012

Gelato al Cioccolato e Amarena


The ice cream maker is poised and ready in my kitchen, ready to churn some refreshing gelato (ice cream) and sorbetto (sorbet) this summer once again.  Spring already yielded some incredible ice cream and sorbet recipes at the internet that I couldn't wait to try on my own.  And some ideas of new flavors were also swimming around my mind.  


Living in a country known for its gelato doesn't really dampen my spirits in creating my own at home.  There is a wide array of flavors available at the gelaterie (ice cream shops) dotting the whole country but there are also times when there are some flavors that you cannot get.  Chocolate is the most basic ice cream that you will definitely find everywhere and it is the flavor that always finishes ahead of the others.  My family alone orders chocolate each mixed with other flavors.  We all love a good bowl of chocolate ice cream.  I always  keep a jar of Fabbri amarena cherries in syrup in the fridge to mix with ice cream sometimes.  My son, being the biggest fan of it.  


As I promised to myself, the first ice cream that will come out from my ice cream maker this summer will be for the kids and I chose a recipe of a basic chocolate ice cream using 70% chocolate from my favorite gelateria Grom that originated in Torino (Turin) in 2003.  Their aim is to produce ice cream like how it was done before with ingredients of very good quality.  They have already branched out of Italy to New York, Paris & Tokyo.  If you happen to pass by one, try their ice cream.  I am crazy about their two chocolate ice cream flavors, cioccolato extranoir (extra dark chocolate) & cioccolato fondente (dark chocolate).  And this simple recipe is a keeper.  Its strong chocolatey flavor is incredible.  

Buon appetito!




Gelato al Cioccolato e Amarena

Basic Gelato al Cioccolato adapted from Guido Martinetti & Federico Grom of Grom's recipe (in Italian).  The amarena cherries were my addition. 

Ingredients:
Serves 4
  • 320 ml. milk
  • 125 g. 70% chocolate, chopped
  • 45 g. sugar (preferably white cane sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons amarena cherries in syrup (I used Fabbri amarena cherries in syrup.).  Change the amount according to your taste.  Just keep in mind that they are quite strong in taste.
  • mint leaves for garnishing (optional)
Directions:
  1. Melt chocolate in a water bath or bain-marie.   If you don't have the proper bain-marie, improvise by using 2 saucepans of different sizes on the stove.  Fill up the bigger one with water until it touches the bottom of the second smaller saucepan that you should put on top of the bigger one.  Put the chocolate in the smaller saucepan to melt. 
  2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring milk almost to a boil.  
  3. Remove from heat and mix in melted chocolate and sugar.  
  4. Mix well with a whisk then with an immersion mixer so that the milk and chocolate fats will mix better.
  5. Cool for a couple of hours.
  6. Pour mixture in an ice cream maker and let it churn for 25 - 30 minutes.
  7. Add amarena cherries (without syrup) and churn for another minute. 



23 comments:

  1. Oh Yum! I've been looking for a good chocolate gelato recipe and I love the cherries;-)

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    1. Me too and I found this really delicious chocolate ice cream.

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  2. Chocolate gelato is one of my favorites and I love chocolate with cherries. The new issue of La Cucina Italiana arrived in my mail box today and I enjoyed reading about the three schools of thought on glelato in Italy. Now I'm ready to make some!

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    1. My June issue doesn't speak about gelato! Lucky you!

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  3. I have always wanted to try Gelato, but my husband says I can't try the stuff here in America - he says I have to wait until we go to Italy and try the real stuff! This looks so creamy and delicious!

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    1. If you try the gelato of Grom, then it is authentic Italian and one of the best around here.

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  4. Rowena, this look so mouthwatering! Love your pics...you making crave some gelato for breakfast!:)))

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    1. Gelato for breakfast is not bad. Stuff your brioche or sweet bread with it and it's an official Sicilian breakfast!

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  5. Love gelato and chocolate with cherry is divine, nice recipe.

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  6. Oh my! I love how little sugar this recipe uses. And no cream! I've read that gelato usually uses milk and not cream, but I still often see gelato recipes with cream. I love love love this recipe! I gained several kilos when I was Italy last time and it was all to blame on the gelato. Three scoops a day. But it was SO good. :)

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    1. Everyone's pretty dependent on gelato here. It's unacceptable not to have any at home or when we go out. I do encounter recipes using cream and milk. It depends on the flavor you are doing. Since I am not a lover of anything dairy especially cream, because of the taste, I use the light one which is almost tasteless.

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  7. I've been wanting to make chocolate gelato! I will give this recipe a try :)

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  8. Gorgeous gelato! The chocolate and cherries are a perfect combination!

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    1. Thank you Tessa! One of my son's and my favorite combination is this one.

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  9. What a beautiful gelato! Love that this was the first one of the season and look forward to seeing more. Beautiful photos!!!! Great recipe and pinning now.

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    1. I had to do something basic and kid-friendly for the first one. Kids adored its strong chocolatey flavor. Thanks Lisa!

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  10. I think my previous comment didn't go through since I forgot to sign in. If you see it (somehow) please delete this one. I heard about the combination of chocolate and cherry, but I've never tasted before. That's something I need to try. After seeing your ice cream, I am curious to try. You have gorgeous photos Weng (what were you talking about?!). :-)

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    1. Taking photos of ice cream stresses me out because I am so pressed for time and melted ice cream is not great to look at. :-) This amarena cherry & chocolate combination is one of my son's favorites. They go well together. Thanks Nami!

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  11. This is so beautiful! And your gelato sounds so much sexier in Italian...cioccolato e amarena...nom-nom-nom...so heavenly! This might be a good brownie flavour combination as well. Hmmmm...you just gave me some ideas...!

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    1. I can't wait for your idea to form into something delectable, Jen! Thank you!

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  12. Mm, chocolate and cherries, perfection. And I agree with Jen, gelato sounds so much sexier in Italiano! :)

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