Gelato al limone

 This was difficult to make. Well, I should explain, it was easy to make and put together, it was difficult to put away in the freezer for a few hours. I could have eaten it just as it was without letting it get nice and thick and cold. Lemon syrup and whipped cream, two of my most favorite things!

Gelato al limone (Lemon ice cream)
from Venezia by Tessa Kiros

Zest of one lemon, cut into big strips
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup chilled cream

Put the lemon zest and sugar in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Lower the heat and simmer gently without stirring for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture becomes syrupy and tastes of lemon. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Remove the peel and stir in the lemon juice.

Whisk the cream until it's fairly stiff and then whisk in the cooled lemon syrup. Transfer to an air tight container and put it in the freezer. After 1 hour give the mixture a whisk. Return it to the freezer and then whisk again after a couple of hours. When the ice cream is nearly firm, give it one last whisk.

Alternatively, pour the mixture into an ice cream machine (if you have one) & churn following the manufacturers instructions.

I loved that this could be made easily without a machine, quickly, and it tastes so darned good! I'll be making this ice cream this summer for sure. I can make this on the road in our camper in minutes, which I love.

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Dreaming said…
OMG... my mouth is watering just looking at the picture! Mmmmm... that would be great on a hot summer afternoon!
Deb in Hawaii said…
I made this a while back before IHCC started with Tessa and LOVED it--so tart and good.

If you have any left over, try the Sgroppino (Lemon Chill)
recipe that follows this one in the book. So delicious! Would also be good with soda water if you don't do alcohol. ;-)
Lemon is my favourite! Looks wonderful. Kayte will be all over this one!
I understand your dilemma! I would have been "checking on it" every five minutes. It looks creamy and I can just imagine the lemony-goodness. YUM!
Sounds delicious.

I luv lemon anything.
MM said…
Looks so refreshing! I also like that no machine is required.
Oh - I have to remember to come back to this in the summer. Sounds like a treat.
Kim said…
My 5 year old son is a complete ice cream and lemon fanatic. He would love this!
I love just about anything lemon flavoured, and I adore making ice cream - must give this version a try.

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