A Step-by-step Recipe for Authentic Italian Gelato

How To Make Gelato At Home

If I asked you a food for all seasons, what would be your answer? For us it is always ice-cream season! Most of us eat gelato no mather what name it goes by. So before homemade gelato recipe, let’s have a look what is gelato and what is the difference between gelato and ice cream?

Italians are extremely proud when it comes to the difference between gelato and ice cream. They – of course – claim that the former has nothing at all to do with the latter. But let’s prove them somewhat wrong…

Both gelato and ice cream are frozen dairy desserts made of milk, cream, sugar, and (typically) egg yolks. These ingredients are first mixed together to form a rich custard, which is then cooled and churned at high speed to incorporate air and make it foamy.

Gelato vs. Ice Cream

The main difference is that gelato has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs, and possibly no eggs at all. Also, gelato in churned at a much slower rate, which means that it incorporates less air, leaving it denser than ice cream. Finally, ice cream is served at a fairly cold temperature that allows the scoops to stay together due to the high concentration of air. Gelato, on the other hand, is served at a somewhat warmer temperature. So, as you can see, the difference between these two amazing desserts is very slight.

It could be argued, however, that since gelato has a lower percentage of fat compared to ice cream it is relatively healthier – depending on the flavor, of course – and that the flavors of the ingredients really come out.

Getting to it…

Gelato Recipe

The procedure is very similar for all gelato flavors. This recipe is indicative for 4 people.

Ingredients for chocolate gelato:

250 ml milk
250 ml panna
150 gr granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
200 gr dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of cacao

In a saucepan, warm 2 cups milk over medium heat until it starts to bubble around the of the pan.

Meanwhile, in a bowl beat 3 egg yolks and 2/4 cup of granulated sugar together until the mixture is creamy and somewhat thick. Then, slowly pour the milk and panna onto this mixture and mix at low speed until the milk is well incorporated.

If you were creating chocolate flavoring you would add melted chocolate at this point. For vanilla gelato, a vanilla bean split lengthwise would be added. Keep stirring. Finally, place the contents of the bowl into the gelato machine and let it do its magic.

Want to learn how to make your own gelato — not ice cream :)?

Just for fun, why not try making helping your kids make their own gelato! And guess what…we have just the right place for you. The Rome Cooking Workshops was born out of the desire to share love for food and culture, as they believe that food unites people. Aside from their amazing food courses, they have 2 fun filled gelato making classes which will definitely challenge you and bring out that Gelataio in you and the kids! Choose either to do their “Gelato and Pasta making” combo class or just the “Gelato making” class, whichever you decide, you are sure to get the best value for your money in a fun and exciting way. The kids will be completely fascinated!

Of course, it’s a completely new and refreshing experience to make and then eat your very own gelato, but for some of us who are not keen on getting their hands dirty, here is our carefully selected list of amazing Gelateria around a Rome!