What We’re Loving: Gelato

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for… gelato? Oh, yes. Yes, yes, YES. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all over good old American ice cream but when I tried my first spoon of creamy, velvety, ludicrously flavorful gelato, I knew ice cream was going to have to budge over and share its space in my heart.

Funnily enough, I came to this Italian dessert epiphany in the Nice area of France, where little gelato shops, or Gelaterias, are hard to avoid. Just next to Italy, the area is saturated with them – you can’t walk half a block without seeing a happy gelato-eater in the throes of bliss inspired by a simple cornet of the stuff. Temptation was everywhere, so I gave in.

As it turns out, the difference between ice cream and gelato is quite simple. Ice cream uses cream and incorporates air, while gelato uses milk and celebrates density. Long story short: if you’ve made ice cream before, you can most certainly make gelato. In celebration of summer, here are some amazing gelato recipes, begging to be tested stateside.

This first recipe is actually a gelato-ice-cream hybrid, inspired by European adventuring, and featuring some pretty decadent flavors. Roasted Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon and Chocolate? Bon appetit! {from the Boujon Gourmet}

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There’s a reason vanilla is classic. Gelato di Crema is the beautifully simple base that can be eaten as is, or gussied up a bit. Gelato newbies, this is for us! {from Memorie di Angelina}

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And then there’s chocolate. Cue swooning. With a nutty addition, this Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato is sort of like frozen nutella, right? But here’s the catch – this is a dairy-free treat, that replaces milk with bananas! Gelato EVERYONE can enjoy. {from The Nourished Caveman}

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Of course, we’ve got to feature that Mediterranean staple, lemons! This Meyer Lemon Gelato is from Anne Quatrano’s cookbook, Summerland, and we have Renee to walk us through the classic. {from Magnolia Days}

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Our last recipe is a gorgeous marriage of two lovely summer flavors, and brings in a complex note to knock it out of the park. Strawberry, Balsamic, and Basil Gelato is sophisticated, interesting, and begs to be the crowning glory of a dinner party. So…. my place? {from the 10th Kitchen}

Photos courtesy of Alanna, Frank, Vivica, Renee, and Danguole.

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