Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

by Feb 11th, 2011 // Desserts

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

Hi Cooking with My Kid fans!  I’m Sherri, Rebecca’s friend, and I cook and blog, and sometimes, it’s with my 10 year old kid, Griffin.  I find the older he gets the less he wants to just cook, but I lure him with kitchen machinery and desserts.  He likes motors, blenders, juicers, and well, who could resist a large knife.  He is the kitchen warrior!

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

My mission with cooking is to get as much real food onto the table as possible, without relying on too many processed foods and without it taking too much time.  I blog at Crunchtime with my friend and a cardiologist who has taught me that you can’t fuel your body with vitamins and processed foods. You need real food nutrients and that means fruits, vegetables, and pure proteins. It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

Griffin and I are big fans of homemade gelato, especially stracciatella, which is chocolate chip. This recipe is easy with the help of a cheap ‘ole ice cream maker, and even easier when you store it in the freezer for a ready-made dessert. The best part is that we use 2% milk, less sugar than most ice cream recipes, and dark chocolate, which gives us anti-oxidant goodness.

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

I adapted this recipe from Sherry Yard, the pastry chef for Spago.  She uses whole milk, bittersweet chocolate and more corn syrup, which I’m certain turns out a creamier gelato, than our version. But, we take comfort in the healthier approach.

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

Now for the recipe…

Homemade Stracciatella Gelato

Ingredients:
3 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup sugar (I use turbinado)
¼ cup powdered milk
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/8 c light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
4 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped

Make sure your ice cream maker vessel is in the freezer.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, powdered milk, and corn syrup and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally until the sugar and powdered milk dissolve.  Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, add the vanilla extract and salt, and allow it to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.

When your ice cream maker vessel is frozen and ready for use, pour the cooled ice cream mixture into the machine. Start the machine according to your manufacturers directions.

Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave, stirring about every 20 seconds.  It should take about one minute to fully melt.

When the gelato is just beginning to freeze, slowly stream in the melted chocolate. Continue running until the gelato is set.

Pour into a freezer safe container.

Homemade Healthier Stracciatella Gelato

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