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Balsamic Gelato

This creamy and rich custard-based ice cream has a wonderful caramel flavor, but with a sneak attack of tart balsamic.

Balsamic Gelato

Ingredients:

Cream Custard Base

  • 6 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1.75 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
Balsamic Caramel Sugar
  • 1.5 cups Superfine Sugar
  • 4.5 tablespoons Redstone Denissimo Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions:

Cream Custard Base

    1. In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, heat cream and whole milk to a slight scald. Set aside.
    2. Crack and separate egg yolks into a large metal bowl. Beat slightly to break up and set aside.
    3. Temper a small amount of hot cream into eggs to even the temperature and prevent burning. Add remaining cream very slowly in 3 or 4 portions, stirring the entire time for even blending.
    4. Place your bowl over a large sauce pot of just simmering water to cook. Cook 8 to 12 minutes until the custard begins to thicken, scraping and skimming the bottom and sides with a rubber spatula to prevent burning and "scrambled eggs." The desired consistency will cling lightly to the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with your finger (on the spatula.) Remove from heat.
    5. Strain the cooked custard to remove any lumps. Cover with plastic wrap in contact with the surface and set aside.

Balsamic Caramel Sugar

  1. In a small to medium sauce pot over medium high heat, heat sugar to melting, washing down the sides with water with a pastry brush as needed to prevent crystals forming.
  2. Cook until the sugar begins to turn a medium golden brown. Working as quickly as you can, swirl once and add your vinegar all at once. Swirl again to mix and douse the bottom of the pot in icy water to stop cooking.
  3. Slowly pour the caramel into the cream base, stirring to prevent overheating. Continue stirring until all of the caramel has dissolved and you have a nice even light coffee color.
  4. Strain the completed custard one final time and place in the fridge near the back overnight for cold hydration.
  5. Pour chilled custard into your ice cream or gelato machine and churn on low speed for 10 to 15 minutes until it looks like soft serve. Pour into a freezer safe container and chill to set 4-6 hours.

Enjoy!

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