Victor Protasio
Active Time
1 HR
Total Time
12 HR 25 MIN
Serves : 7 cups

To guarantee homemade gelato’s luscious consistency and purity of flavor, Jon Snyder suggests thickening gelato with cornstarch rather than eggs. The result has less palate-coating fat than ice cream and lets the fruit shine.
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How to Make It

Step 1    

Whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup half-and-half in a small bowl to make a slurry.

Step 2    

Combine sugar and remaining 2 3/4 cups half-and-half in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in slurry. Return pan to medium, and cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour mixture into a heatproof bowl. Cool completely in an ice bath, about 25 minutes. 

Step 3    

Meanwhile, use a potato masher to mash strawberries in a large bowl until crushed and juicy to yield about 3 cups strawberry puree. Stir strawberry puree into cooled half-and-half mixture. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.

Step 4    

Pour half of chilled strawberry mixture into the freezer bowl of a 1 1/2-quart electric ice cream maker, and proceed according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 5    

Transfer gelato to a freezer-safe container; press a sheet of parchment paper directly on surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Place in freezer. Repeat procedure with remaining chilled strawberry mixture. Freeze gelato at least 8 hours or overnight.

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