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Strawberry Gelato – Warm Weather Dessert

Gelato is my new obsession. The ice cream maker we received as a wedding gift back in 2002 has been revived and put to good use. No longer is it shoved in a back cabinet collecting dust. I’ve also convinced myself that gelato is good for you. See? It’s made with milk instead of cream. This one has lots of berries in it. The other I made was full of nuts, which are so great for you.

It’s a win-win. I get dessert and it’s good for me. It’s also pretty easy to make. This recipe was super good and fruity. One night we had some along side Strawberry Swirl Brownies – not quite as light of a dessert, but still delicious!

I have so many gelato recipes that I want to try, and it’s a good thing too because it’s warming up so fast here. Supposed to be 89 degrees F today! Next on the list – chocolate! While we’re at it, let’s make it dark chocolate, just so we can continue with the convincing that it’s healthy. Ok?

strawberry gelato

Strawberry Gelato

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Gelato is one of the best ways to preserve fruit, isn't it? You get all the fresh fruit flavor and can savor it on a hot summer night.


  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 1/2 cups sliced hulled strawberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  1. Stir sugar and cornstarch in heavy medium saucepan. Whisk in milk, cream, and lemon zest. Whisk over medium heat until gelato base thickens and begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.
  2. Puree strawberries in processor. Stir into gelato base. Chill 3 hours. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to container. Cover; freeze until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.


adapted from Bon Appetit

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 373Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 57mgSodium 40mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 2gSugar 47gProtein 4g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Saturday 30th of May 2009

That strawberry gelato looks so good!


Thursday 7th of May 2009

That looks really yummy! I've been making lots of ice cream lately but hadn't thought to try gelato.

Mallory Elise

Thursday 7th of May 2009

oh your colors and layout and design here are so cute. love it ;)


Wednesday 6th of May 2009

I have totally been obsessed with my ice cream maker since I got it for Christmas. So excited for fresh strawberries and new flavors.


Wednesday 6th of May 2009

I've been trying out frozen treat recipes lately too, but then our weather got wet and rainy again. I'm saving your recipe for the next heat wave. Thanks,Michelle