Gelato Chronicles

Ever since getting my professional ice cream machine, I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of iced churned sweets – ice creams made with an egg custard base, Sicilian gelatos that replaced the egg with corn starch, non-dairy sorbets and icy granitas. There is something luxurious about these ices that appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. I’ve been helped along the way with a variety of sources (see below) that have shaped my evolving experimentation. It is an ongoing adventure, chronicled here.

Pesky Watermelon Pips (15 August 2018)
Making sorbet with watery, low pectin fruit: watermelon.
Tart, But Not Too Tart (9 May 2018)
Dealing with the acidity in citrus fruits in making sorbet, particularly the most acidic – lemon.
Cappuccino Sherbet (20 December 2017)
A cautionary tale in the use to too much stabilising gum.
Sherbet, Oranges & Quince (6 December 2017)
A recipe for orange sherbet – a perfect accompaniment to poached quince.
Sherbet va. Sorbet (16 August 2017)
Another variation of Gelato Messenia‘s Chocolate Sorbet with the addition of a little milk making it a sherbet.
Ice & Coffee (5 July 2017)
Mocha Sorbetto based on Gelato Messenia‘s chocolate sorbet recipe.
Stabilising Experiments (21 June 2017)
Experiments in making sorbet using xantham gum and locust bean stabalisers – comparing and contrasting. Plus, an improved recipe for mandarin sorbetto that I first blogged about in Falling Mandarins (see below).
Frozen Berries (14 June 2017)
Sorbetto made with a bag of mixed frozen berries – a recipe applicable to any fresh or frozen berries.
Falling Mandarins (22 February 2017)
Sorbetto making with fresh mandarin juice.
Gelato Lessons (19 October 2016)
Tips and lessons learned from a gelatieri in Lucca, Italy: Gelato and sorbetto making is not easy and requires a perfect balance of ingredients.
Butterscotch Ice Cream (1 August 2016)
Egg custard style ice creams and the use of cream cheese as one of the dairy ingredients.
Orange-Mandarin Curd Ice Cream (19 January 2016)
A creamy ice cream made with a citrus curd – a technique that can be applied to any fruit curd.
Apricot Frozen Yoghurt (18 August 2015)
Easy frozen yoghurt recipe using jam and honey.
Gooseberry Spoom (23 July 2015)
Large quantites of Italian meringue used in making a gooseberry “spoom” – a sorbet-like ice.
Finally Sorbet (21 July 2015)
Italian meringue as a stabaliser in making a black currant sorbet.
Frozen: More Unexpected Results (18 June 2015)
The use of alcohol (rosé) in making a smooth Sicilian style granita.
Spring Pastels (21 May 2015)
Three examples of Sicilian gelato using different flavouring consistencies and the the beneficial results of using jam in making gelato.
The Art and Science of Gelato Making, Sicilian Style (19 May 2015)
The science behind the basic Sicilian style of gelato made with a corn flour (starch) custard base.

A few sources:
* The Ice Cream Nation
* Serious Eats
* David Lebovitz
* The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
* Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide by Robin and Caroline Weir
* The River Cafe Pocket Books: Puddings, Cakes and Ice Creams by Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers
* Gelato Messina by Nick Palumbo

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