Stracciatella Gelato

Stracciatella Gelato has a smooth and luscious texture dotted with flakes of chocolate. This Italian gelato is sure to become your new favorite frozen treat.

Stracciatella Gelato has a smooth and luscious texture dotted with flakes of chocolate. This Italian gelato is sure to become your new favorite frozen treat.

This post is sponsored by Morano Gelato. 

Morano Gelato provided me with a sample of their Fior di Latte (Sweet Cream) Gelato Mix to try at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for this post; however, this post contains affiliate product links. Clicking on these links may result in my being paid a small commission based on product sales. Regardless of commission, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. For more information, please review our site policies.

Our sweet girl's birthday is next week. It's hard to believe that Stephen and I have only been parents for five years... and, some days, it's even harder to remember what life was like before we started our family.

We've had longing conversations about the period of our lives when it was just the two of us. Sleeping in on the weekends and going to brunch on Sunday mornings was a weekly tradition. We could eat out without worrying about whether the restaurant had a children's menu. Vacations were real vacations... not stressful affairs requiring a recovery period afterward.

As much as I love being a mom, I've realized how important it is to make time for Stephen and me to reconnect. That's why I included organizing monthly dates in my plan to live green in 2020. And I'm making more of an effort to look back and appreciate the time we had before kids were part of the picture.

This is likely why I jumped at the chance to partner with Morano Gelato on this gelato recipe.

Morano Gelato Fior di Latte (Sweet Cream) Gelato Mix | Taste As You Go

Even though I own an ice cream maker, I've only made gelato in my own kitchen once before. I've been too intimidated by the idea... because, in my mind, no gelato I made could ever compare to the gelato we had it on our honeymoon in Tuscany.

Thanks to Morano Gelato, a small, New England-based company dedicated to promoting the art of gelato-making, I was able to make a delicious batch of Stracciatella Gelato at home. The sweet cream base was smooth and dotted with shards of chocolate... and with one taste, all the memories from our trip to Italy came rushing back.

Morano Gelato Fior di Latte (Sweet Cream) Gelato Mix | Taste As You Go

But let me rewind a bit so I can show you how easy it was to make this gelato.

Morano Gelato recommends using a kitchen scale (like this one) to measure all ingredients by weight for the best results.

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

Start by combining the Fior di Latte (Sweet Cream) Mix with whole milk and heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Cook the mixture until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Since the mix itself contains tapioca starch, there's no need to add egg yolks to the mixture to thicken it. You'll still get the consistency of custard without worrying about scrambling eggs or cooking the mixture too long. As long as you're whisking the mixture constantly while it's on the heat, you should be just fine.

Here's what the mixture looks like after it has chilled in the refrigerator:

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

Good, right?

Just wait... it gets better.

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

Carefully pour the gelato base into the prepared bowl of your ice cream maker and turn on the machine.

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

Then walk away to do something else on your to-do list because you're going to want to let the mixture churn for 30-40 minutes until it's thick and creamy.

Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub | Taste As You Go

Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub | Taste As You Go

When the mixture is nearly finished churning, get your air-tight storage container ready because the gelato is going back into the freezer.

Now, I used this project as an excuse to buy the ice cream tub I've been eyeing for a while, but you don't need a tub like this to make excellent ice cream (or gelato) at home. I've stored my homemade ice cream in regular plastic containers before without any issues.

The important thing to remember is to make sure the surface of the ice cream is covered with plastic wrap to prevent air from getting to it.

Stracciatella Gelato Base | Taste As You Go

When you've hit the 30-40 minute mark, use a rubber spatula to spoon your gelato into your container of choice.

Tovolo Glide-A Scoop Ice Cream Tub | Taste As You Go

Put the cover on the container and then put the container in the freezer for 1.5 hours.

Dark Chocolate Chips | Taste As You Go

At this point, you're probably going to start wondering whether the gelato is finished yet.

It's not. But dig deep. You're almost there.

While you're waiting, measure and melt your chocolate chips and leave the melted chocolate on the counter to cool while you go take the gelato out of the freezer.

Stracciatella Gelato | Taste As You Go

Now, this next step is vitally important.

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the gelato. BUT DON'T DO IT THE WAY I DID.

My drizzle was much too thicky and gloppy, which created shards of chocolate and chunks of chocolate when I mixed it into the gelato. You're better off using a fork to drizzle the chocolate on top rather than a rubber spatula.

Lesson learned.

Stracciatella Gelato | Taste As You Go

If you do wind up following my not-so-brilliant example, fear not. Everything will be fine. You'll still get a batch of yummy Stracciatella Gelato when all is said and done.

Stracciatella Gelato | Taste As You Go

I promise.

While the flavor of my Stracciatella Gelato was spot on, I still need to work on improving the texture of my homemade gelato. (Obviously.) Which means I'll have to get back into the kitchen and try again and again.

Such a shame.

Stracciatella Gelato | Taste As You Go

Stracciatella Gelato
Recipe by Taste As You Go // adapted from Morano Gelato | Printable Recipe

Stracciatella Gelato has a smooth and luscious texture dotted with flakes of chocolate. This Italian gelato is sure to become your new favorite frozen treat.

Note: If possible, use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients in grams for the best and more authentic results.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Inactive Time: 8.5-9.5 hours
Total Time: About 9-10 hours
Yield: 1.5 quarts

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons (269 grams) Morano Gelato Fior di Latte (Sweet Cream) Mix
  • 3 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (685 grams) whole milk
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons (192 grams) heavy cream
  • 5.3 ounces (150.3 grams) dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pour the Fior di Latte Mix into a medium saucepan. Whisk in the milk and heavy cream until fully incorporated.
  2. Place the saucepan on medium-high heat and cook for 10-12 minutes, whisking continuously to prevent burning or clumping. Whisk slowly at first and then increase the speed as the mixture gets warmer. Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Pour the mixture into a heat-proof stainless steel bowl. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap directly on top of the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Cool the mixture at room temperature for 20 minutes then place the bowl in the refrigerator so the mixture can cool completely, about 4 hours.
  4. When the mixture has cooled completely and thickened even more, pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions for 30-40 minutes. The gelato will expand and should spin until it is thick and creamy but still soft enough to scoop into a storage container.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, scoop the gelato into your storage container. Seal with an airtight lid and freeze for 1.5 hours.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips and allow to cool slightly. Drizzly most of the melted chocolate into the gelato with the tines of a fork and mix well by folding the melted chocolate into the gelato with a spatula. 
  7. Return the gelato to the freezer for an additional 2-3 hours. Reserve a little chocolate for drizzling on top when the gelato is ready to serve.
  8. When ready, the gelato should be firm enough to scoop but soft and creamy in texture. For best results, enjoy your gelato fresh the same day. If enjoying the next day or a few days later, allow the gelato to sit on the counter for 8-10 minutes before serving.

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