Gelato is a deliciously light, and much healthier, alternative to ice cream. While ice cream is made using a custard base made of egg yolks, milk and cream, gelato is based on just milk and thickened with either cornstarch or arrowroot.
When I was given an ice cream maker a few years ago I went on an insane and unsustainable ice cream making frenzy. I made lovely rich ice creams in many flavours, all with a heavy custard base. And if this wasn’t enough there was additional incidental baking to use up at least some of the egg whites. It doesn’t make for a happy and healthy waistline. So in an attempt at moderation I have switched to gelato. It may not have the same rich creaminess as ice cream but there is a significant calorie saving so it is a happy compromise. I’ll save the ice cream for really special occasions.
Which do you prefer, gelato or ice cream? And what is your favourite flavour?
Gelato recipe adapted from Vegan Scoop
700ml (3 cups) soy milk (use your preferred type of milk just so long as it is a full fat variety)
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
2 tbsp matcha (powdered Japanese green tea)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Combine the arrowroot with about 1/4 cup of the milk in a small bowl and stir until smooth; set aside.
Add the remaining milk, matcha and sugar in a medium sized saucepan and cook over a lowish heat. (My matcha formed lumps in the milk that didn’t look as if they were going to dissolve so I impatiently gave it a quick blitz with an immersion blender; a whisk probably would have sufficed). When it starts to boil, remove from the stove and add the arrowroot/milk mixture; stir. Add the vanilla and stir through.
Place the mix in a bowl or jug and chill. When thoroughly chilled churn it in your ice cream maker.
Lychees in Ginger Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
1 can lychees, drained
I made a simple sugar syrup, flavoured with ginger, to pour over the lychees. It’s very easy to make; simply place the sugar, water and ginger in a saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup looks lovely and thick and the ginger starts to look translucent; don’t let it boil. If you lack the patience/knife skills to cut the ginger in a way that looks pretty then remove the ginger before serving.
This dessert is my contribution to the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop for February – Licence to Chill