Reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the worst decisions that you can make if you are already hungry. And if you weren’t hungry already, you will be! Gilbert describes so much amazing food, particularly during her time in Rome. That’s largely what she goes there for! One of the many things she talks about indulging in is the gelato that can be found all over the city. And in so many flavors! If you’ve ever had gelato, you know what a special and decadent treat it is.
Let’s make some at home, shall we?
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 chai tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pour the milk into a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Drop in the cinnamon stick and tea bags as the milk is heating.
- As the milk begins to foam, pour in the heavy cream and stir.
- While waiting for the milk and cream to heat and foam again, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until smooth.
- After the milk and cream are beginning to foam, remove from heat. Take out the cinnamon stick and tea bags.
- Slowly and carefully pour some of the milk and cream into the egg and sugar mixture, being sure to whisk the egg while pouring to prevent the egg cooking.
- Now pour the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk and cream using the same method. Pour slowly and keep whisking as you do. It’s best to use a mixing bowl with a pouring spout as this makes it easier and creates a thinner stream.
- Put the saucepan back over medium-high heat and continue to stir until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bread pan or something similar and freezer-safe.
- Place into the freezer. Take the gelato out every 30 minutes to whisk the contents as it’s freezing, until it really begins to firm up. Be sure to crush up as many of the icy chunks as possible each time to get a really creamy consistency. Then smooth it down and allow it to harden. This process will take abut 5 hours.
- When you are ready to enjoy it, take it out of the freezer to let it soften a few minutes before serving.
Now you can have gelato any time! I’m no gelato expert and I’ve never been to Rome, but I have to say this stuff is incredibly good and pretty easy to make at home, so long as you have the time to keep whisking it as it freezes. Give it a try!
Have you read the book? What made your mouth water?