i started off intending to test out ciao bella’s recipe for strawberry gelato. as i read the recipe, i realized that their technique for prepping the strawberries was in fact quite similar to jam making. the strawberries are cooked with sugar and lemon but for a shorter amount of time compared to the jam making process. rather than run out and buy a vat of strawberries, i spied the pot of earl grey mixed berry jam that i had made earlier and opted for a short cut. i took a cup of the jam, blended it with a quart of plain gelato base, and poured it into my gelato machine. an hour later, i ended up with some seriously yummy stuff. it’s got the light fruitiness one would expect of strawberry gelato but the addition of earl grey and jam making techniques, gives it what i’d describe as a sophisticated, caramelized fruit flavour after taste. the kind of thing that is like a wisp of steam rising from a hot glass of fauchon’s pomme tea at the end of a meal.
Earl Grey Mixed Berry Jam Gelato
(makes 1 quart)
|Earl Grey Mixed Berry Jam||1 cup|
|Ciao Bella’s Plain Base||1 quart (leave out the green tea powder)|
|Fresh Strawberries (optional)||1 cup, sliced|
- Combine jam and plain base in blender. Mix until evenly combined.
- Pour into ice cream maker and add in fresh strawberries.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions.