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Gelato is an Italian form of ice cream with very little air beaten in, which makes it extremely rich. This recipe requires an ice cream maker.
- Combine milk and ground coffee in a medium saucepan and bring to a low simmer.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove the milk from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes (you can also refrigerate it overnight).
- Strain the milk through a fine-meshed strainer.
- Heat until bubbling, then cover to keep hot and remove from heat.
- Blend sugar and egg yolks in a blender or food processor until thick and smooth.
- Gradually add the hot milk until the mixture is combined.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and will coat the back of a spoon (about 6-8 minutes; be sure to stir constantly).
- Remove the pan from heat and place in a bowl of ice water; stir until mixture is cool (about 2 minutes).
- Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is completely cool (probably at least 2 hours).
- Whip the cream until soft peaks form and fold into cooled custard mixture.
- Freeze in an ice-cream maker; for a silky texture, you should use less salt and a slower churning speed (fast, cold churning can make a gelato coarse).
- Serve with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans for garnish.
A fantastic, rich gelato, easy to make with a little patience. I melted in 1oz of semisweet chocolate after straining the coffee. Served with ganache, this would please anyone.