Double Decker Gelato

Our girl Bree has done it (again!). She’s about to release her new children’s book “Milo and Georgie” and it’s a big topic made relatable. Change is at the forefront, but not only that it can be scary, but also how leaning into change can be a new wonderful discovery on the other side.

Strawberry and Chocolate Gelato. Photo Credit My Kitchen Love

There’s nothing like a book that brings together a great message and food 😉 Without giving too much away, Bree highlights one of Italy’s most recognizable frozen treats, Gelato. I’ve never made gelato before so I set off on my own adventure to recreate Milo and Georgie’s Double Deckers with my twin girls. My twins helped with whisking the egg yolks and eating the gelato. They were really excited to make something from one of their favourite books which resulted in some fun time together in the kitchen.

Strawberry and Chocolate Gelato. Photo Credit My Kitchen Love

The strawberry is a MUST try. The chocolate was good, but if you’re only going for one, I highly recommend the strawberry. Not into gelato (seriously?) or possibly more likely, don’t own an ice cream machine? Here’s a recipe for a No-Churn Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream and a 3 No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes including a vegan option.

Strawberry Gelato. Photo Credit My Kitchen Love

Other inspiring Instagramers to follow for really great children’s book ideas:

Bree will be at Collage Collage on Main Street for her book launch on Saturday April 22nd. Free crafting, singing, and a reading by Bree herself!!

Gelato Recipes: 

Chocolate Gelato

Ingredients: 
2 cups whole milk (3.5%)
2.5 oz. semisweet or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp super fine (aka berry) sugar

Directions: 

  1. Bring milk to a strong simmer in a small pan and remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes for the chocolate to melt, stir to mix in.
  2. Beat egg yolks and sugar together until pale and fluffy (can be done by hand with a whisk, will take approximately 3-4 minutes).
  3. VERY gradually add warm chocolate mixture to whisked eggs (as in tablespoon at a time to start so the eggs don’t scramble, as the overall temperature of the eggs warms up, more can be added at once). Return to sauce pan.
  4. Place pan over low heat and cook while stirring constantly until thickened (without letting mixture boil, it will scramble the eggs).
  5. Strain mixture into a bowl and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Pour into ice cream maker and process as per instruction.
  7. Place in an airtight container and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Strawberry Gelato

Ingredients: 
2 cups whole milk (3.5%)
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or 1 tbsp vanilla extract)
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp super fine (aka berry) sugar
1 pint strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped

Directions: 

  1. Bring milk to a strong simmer in a small pan and remove from heat. Add vanilla and mix well.
  2. Beat egg yolks and sugar together until pale and fluffy (can be done by hand with a whisk, will take approximately 3-4 minutes).
  3. VERY gradually add warm vanilla mixture to whisked eggs (as in tablespoon at a time to start so the eggs don’t scramble, as the overall temperature of the eggs warms up, more can be added at once). Return to sauce pan.
  4. Place pan over low heat and cook while stirring constantly until thickened (without letting mixture boil, it will scramble the eggs).
  5. Strain mixture into a bowl and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Mash chopped strawberries with a potato masher and mix into cooled milk mixture.
  7. Pour into ice cream maker and process as per instruction.
  8. Place in an airtight container and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Gelato Recipes adapted from The Silver Spoon.

Enjoy! xo

Follow along in Samantha’s food adventures on her blog My Kitchen Love and on Instagram!

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