Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Cookbook Challenge Week 7 - Soft - Mint Gelato - 1 - $ - V - !

I've been inspired to make gelato for a few reasons today...

Firstly, because it is HOT where I live. As I type this it's 38C degrees and almost 6 in the pm! PHEW. (Did I mention it's HOT?)

Secondly, because lots of my fave bloggers seem to have scored ice-cream makers for Christmas and I have had severe appliance-envy reading all about them this week. (Did I mention I am so jealous I could almost spit?)

Thirdly, because a special darling boarded a plane somewhere that was snowing this morning and is travelling for around 26 hours to come and spend New Years with me, so I figure I better make something cold to make her feel at home. (Did I mention I have some super-duper friends?)

Lastly, because this week's Cookbook Challenge is soft, and ain't nothing softer, nor sweeter than some homemade ice-cream.
I did cheat a little bit and use a cooking magazine, rather than a book. This recipe is from the current issue of delicious and is meant to accompany pea soup of all things! Peas and me aren't friends, so I just made the gelato. Also, because I can't do as I'm told, I added some shaved dark chocolate, because mint and 70% cocoa are a match made in heaven in my humble opinion.
If you plan on giving this a try for a dinner party dessert you probably want to double the amounts as the following doesn't make a lot.


2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup cold water
1 cup chopped mint leaves, plus 2 tbs extra and extra whole leaves to garnish
125gm mascarpone cheese
1 egg white
25gm dark chocolate (optional)

Place lemon zest, juice, sugar, water and the cup of mint in a saucepan.

I wish there was smell-o-vision because this part was lovely!

Stir over a low heat to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes. It's going to catch really quickly so keep an eye on it. Strain through a sieve and press down on the solids to get all the juices and flavours out.
Cool the syrup and add to the mascarpone. Make sure the syrup is cold or it will curdle the cheese.
Pour the gelato mix into a shallow plastic dish and freeze for 3 hours.
If using chocolate whizz it and the remaining mint in the food processor first to finely chop. Add the gelato mix and the egg white and whizz well to combine. Return to the freezer for at least 4 hours or ideally overnight.

It sets very hard so take it out of the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving, with a mint leaf to garnish.



Agnes said...

I don't have an ice cream maker either, so you're not alone in your jealousy ;) Mint and chocolate are a fantastic combo - and much better than mint gelato and pea soup (???!) said...

Me too! Looks like we might be the only ones who don't own one. I love mint anything, and this sounds delicious. Leigh

Rilsta said...

I was lucky enough to get ice cream maker for Christmas so I am on the hunt for good recipes!

This recipe differs from the ones I have found because it doesn't have cream, milk or egg yolks...but maybe that's why it is called gelato! It sounds interesting!

Ange said...

Agreed that Mint & Chocolate makes a fantastic ice cream combo, now I have cravings to make this too

What's For Tea? said...

Right everyone, we're off round to Rilsta's for a go of her ice-cream maker ;)

Actually, I think I'm off to the fridge to finish this off...x

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Oh yes, I totally agree that mint and 70% cocoa are very good friends and should have every opportunity to hang out with one another!

I am a lucky girl who scored a preloved ice cream maker this Christmas. I'm hoping I can live up to its previous owner's successes.

What's For Tea? said...

Oooh you lucky thing! Look forward to seeing your ice-cream adventures over at your blog...

Anonymous said...

This looks great and a good job adding the chocolate in!

Thermomixer said...

Sounds like a great conversion with the chocolate and mint. Like others, finally relented and bought an ice cream maker. So might give the recipe to the other half to whip up.

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