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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Espresso Gelato


This is for All AWESOME MOMS out there ! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY !!!!!!!! Hope you'll  have an enjoyable day or week or so by telling the kids and hubby to do all the housework from now on ! lol 

It's another gelato , folks !

Now , don't think that I'm addicted to coffee ! Pish posh !  Actually , I'm attending coffeeholics anonymous ! lol 

Making gelato , according to wiki , is somewhat the same thing as making ice cream at home .

Lighter than ice cream ?  It depends I guess on the ingredients or recipe you're using .

But don't worry , as long as it's tastes great , who cares ? What's in a name anyway ?

Though gelato sounds sexier than ice cream ! lol

If you're going to ask , am I using whole milk ?! Of course , but it's UHT  , the whole milk I can find near us is only that ! Besides its cheap ! I know gelato purist will shudder at the thought of using uht milk but don't worry , we plebeain can use what is available to us ! lol

The ice cream I made before and my pistachio gelato last time , I just churned those for about 20 minutes or so and some for 40 minutes tops . But I churned this batch for an hour .Why churned it for too long ? Instead of using the same amount of milk and cream , I reduced the cream to just 100 ml and added more milk for a more lighter gelato . So after 40 minutes of churning the mixture , 'twas still a little too soft to my liking  and another 20 minutes sure makes a difference .

The verdict ? I'm happy as a clam ! lol

This one's for my Mom! Happy Mother's Day , Nanay ! ♥♥♥ She's all for sharing , so I started by eating her share ! hahahhaha 

Gelato Al Caffe ( This recipe makes about 1.3 litres/ 2 1/4 pints / 5 1/2 cups of liquid , so it will need to be churned in 2 batches ) 

Recipe from Ices Italia

Serves 12 

I halve the recipe and my slight modification in red 

80 grams / 2 3/4 oz finely ground coffee 
400 ml / 1 3/4 cups boiling water
8 egg yolks
125 grams / scant 2/3 cups soft brown sugar ( 60 grams ) 
pinch of salt
500 ml / 2 cups full cream ( whole ) milk ( 400 ml )
500 ml / cups whipping cream ( 100 ml )
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract , such as Madagascar Bourbon ( don't worry , cheap one's fine hee hee ) 

* Put coffee into a cafetiere and pour boiling water . Leave to stand fro 15 minutes before pushing down the plunger as far as it will go . Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool . I got about 125 ml liquid 
* Whisk the egg yolks , sugar and salt together in  a large heatproof bowl until pale in color . Pour the cream and milk into a saucepan and heat slowly until small bubbles appear around the edge of the pan . Pour into the egg yolk mixture and stir well .
* Pour mixture back into the pan and cook over a medium heat , stirring constantly for about 8-10 minutes .  I just cook mine for about 2 minutes  When some of the foam disappears from the surface , place the candy thermometer in the pan and continue to stir until the temp reads 75°C/167°F . I don't have a candy thermometer yet , but in this case , it's not really necessary to use it Do not let the mixture get any hotter or custard will curdle . Add coffee and vanilla , pour into a bowl to cool , then chill in the fridge  for 30 minutes
* Churn using an ice cream maker , until thick . Transfer to a freezer proof  container , cover and freeze for 1 1/2 - 2 hours before serving . 

23 comments:

  1. haha cheers to the plebs! this gelato looks great, and i love your spotty background!

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  2. So when does that ice cream shop open! Coffee and bourbon-definitely some amazing flavor to this frosty creation. I am sure your Mom was delighted by this. Your mom is lucky to have a sweet daughter like you. Also, I like the idea of ice cream for mothers day-unique!

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    1. Tina , she's probably complaining when she saw these photos because she's to far away to actually have a taste of these yumminess ! lol

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  3. Non dico mai no a un gelato! buona giornata....ciao

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    1. Awww That's one nice compliment coming from an Italian ! hahaha

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  4. Anne, glad to know that you too stay in Hong Kong! What a pleasure to meet you here!! I CANNOT stop thinking about this gelato. I have to try it!! Yummy!
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    1. Hey there ! Glad you dropped by ! Voted for you at the Top 25 Foodie Moms ;D Hope you win ! Goodluck !

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  5. Anne, I saw you've posted few gelato and ice cream lately. I definitely want to try one of these. Look so yummy!

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  6. So beautifully styled! This is my favorite flavor of gelato...I think I sampled some in every gelataria we hit in Italy...and now I'm craving it again :)

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  7. Never tried hom-made, it sounds simple, I must try this summer!

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  8. it looks so darned gooooooooooooood..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  9. What a lovely presentation. The gelato sounds delicious and it is a treat for the eyes. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. Oh my gosh this looks so good. I definitely need to give it a try! I just discovered your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

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  11. Perfect to have this on this crazy hot weather.

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  12. wow....the gelato looks so so delicious...loved it dear !!!!

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  13. now seeing a few of your ice cream and gelato posts, i not only feel like eating them, i also feel like making them!!

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  14. This looks so good, Anne! Another favorite flavor of mine! I don't drink coffee but I love anything with it.

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  15. Anne, I am so happy to discover fabulous recipes on your blog. This gelato looks so inviting and the photograph looks stunning! Following you too. (And yes, you can vote for me in the Circle of Moms website after every 24 hours. Please do vote and really thanks once again for your sweetness.)
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com/

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  16. Just a small thing about your blog. Your blog title "made in Hong Kong" is not quite readable because of the light green colour. Otherwise, your blog looks fabulous. I am in love with it!!

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