Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Stracciatella Ice Cream

Thanks to Lottie and Doof for inspiring me to finally break out my new ice cream Kitchenaid attachment. I've been craving gelato as of late but can't ever get Mr. AT to bring his wallet on our dog walks so we can grab gelato on the way home - apparently that is antithetical to getting exercise. Says who?!

Turns out making ice cream is a 2-day effort. First off, at least for my ice cream maker you have to have the bowl itself frozen, which takes 15 hours. Then you make the base, which has to chill for another 6 hours. So indulging your sweet tooth takes a serious time investment!

Never heard of Stracciatella? It's basically vanilla with hard ribbons of chocolate - an Italian favorite. This recipe was straight-forward enough, but my only road bump was trying to melt the chocolate in a pot and then a microwave because it wasn't getting liquidy enough and eventually it turned solid all over again. Who knew? So we started from scratch in the microwave and it worked out perfectly!

Three days later we're still scarfing it down after dinner - sooooo good! The vanilla is super creamy and rich and so much better than the usual store bought vanilla. But it's the crunchy ribbons of chocolate that do me in. Heaven!

Now the only question is what flavor to try next!

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