Stracciatella d’Europa in Honor of Artisan Gelato Day
March 24, 2014 • Desserts,
A few years ago in Europe, the EU established today as Artisan Gelato Day. All around Europe today gelaterie were offering this year’s signature flavor – Stracciatella d’Europa – in honor of Enrico Panattoni, the inventor of the popular stracciatella flavor, who passed away last year. I love gelato, I love Italy, I love stracciatella, and I knew I just had to make my own version for today’s celebration.I made mine with an orange flavor the way the EU made today’s version, but I also used some buttermilk, both because I had some in the fridge to use up and because I like the taste in ice cream flavors. The orange pairs really nicely with the dark chocolate, but you could also use vanilla extract if you want a more classic stracciatella flavor. Now if you’ll excuse me – I’ve got a bowl of gelato calling me from the other room!
- 1½ cups lowfat buttermilk
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon orange extract (or vanilla extract)
- 4 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate
- Combine the buttermilk with the sugar and eggs in the top of a double boiler and whisk together. Cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and pour into a covered container. Stir in the cream and the extract and refrigerate until completely cool.
- Process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions, and then spoon into a covered container. Gently stir in the chocolate, then cover and refrigerate until solid.
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