Friday, May 11, 2012

Cioccolato Cabernet Gelato


Chocolate Gelato  +  Wine = Pure Sexiness!!!


My preference for gelato over ice cream goes back as far as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my college days when my Italian Language professor strutted into our Friday class with a generous, bagful of a variety of gelati half-pints to reward our class at the end of the semester, that I fully understood why I loved it so much.  Seeing the green packaging, I quickly darted over and claimed the pistachio, which was already starting to melt a bit. Prying off that rim, I remember thinking, this was the best professor on the planet!

As we dug our little, plastic paddles into the creamy-soft treat, our professor began to rhapsody about the famous, Medici Family of Florence, Italy, and how back in the 1500’s there was a contest held in Tuscany for the best dessert. The Medici’s commissioned the famous artist, Bernardo Buontalenti to prepare a lavish feast for the visiting King of Spain. Being the talented artist he was, Buontalenti came up with a gelato, a creamy, frozen sweet-treat. Before this challenge,  and dating back over 1000 years, only fruit juices were added to ice (that was brought down from high in the mountains), so from this challenge, Buontalenti is considered the inventor of gelato.  Molto grazie, Buontalenti!


 Gelato vs. Ice cream...What's the deal?

Da Vinci Chianti and Chianti Riserva
So, how is gelato different from ice cream, one might ask? One major difference is that gelato is churned at a much slower speed, so it has less air incorporated into it than ice cream, resulting in a creamier, much more intense flavor, coating the palette in a different way.  Actually, ice cream may contain as much as 50% air, with most gelato containing only 25%. Another difference, which some gelateria may take liberty with, is the ratio of milk, versus cream content.  Gelato is made with a greater proportion of whole milk to cream, so actually, gelato, traditionally, has a lower fat content than ice cream.  It is also appropriate that gelato be served at a warmer temperature than ice cream, resulting in a creamy, not completely frozen treat. So, it is advised that you let your gelato sit out for at least 5 minutes before you dig in to it, if you can wait, that is!

I must admit, a bit of liberty was taken with my gelato recipe. I didn’t have whole milk on hand, but I did have heavy cream, so that is what I used. I would, also, venture to try different cream-to-milk ratios and see what you like best. Slow churning the mixture for at least 30 minutes in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker gave it the thick, dense consistency I was looking for, just like my favorite gelateria!

This recipe delivers the perfect ratio of wine-to-chocolate robust, personality, and just a couple scoops is the perfect satisfying treat.  I still love my pistachio, but, I have to say, this flavor combination leaves a real knock-out flavor impression that will have your friends begging for the recipe!

In this gelato,  DaVinci Wine and chocolate were like two ships passing in the night that had a lusty, encounter and the love child resulted in this Cioccolato Cabernet Gelato. If you were ever curious as to what “sin” tasted like, this devilishly-rich gelato treat is, surely, it! This is, truly, a sexy dessert!  I think, both wine, and frozen-treat connoisseurs would agree!


 Spoon-feed some of this to your lover!

 
Ingredients:

2 cups of heavy cream
Chop chocolate into small pieces
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of DaVinci Red Wine
½ cup of sugar
14 ounces of dark chocolate (chopped)
4 egg yolks
1 pinch of salt

Preparation:

1.) Heat the milk, cream and sugar in a 2-quart sauce pan until the sugar dissolves and milk starts to simmer. Add the wine and simmer again.
2.) Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
3.) Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and beat. Add about a ½ cup of the chocolate mixture to temper the eggs, so they do not scramble when you add them to the mix.
4.)  Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart sauce pan and cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Do not allow mixture to boil!   
5.) Pour the mixture into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to chill completely. (At this point it is considered  custard).
6.) After mixture has chilled, pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker, and process according to manufacturer’s instructions. I let mine churn for about 35 minutes.
7.) Pour into pint-sized containers and freeze. Allow gelato to thaw slightly before serving.  

Buon Appetito!

** Cook's note**- Gelato is traditionally, and best made in SMALL batches, so I would not double the recipe. Make separate batches if you need more.  Also, may use Chianti if you do not have Cabernet Sauvignon.

My Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker available at Khols


18 comments:

  1. I love gelatto! Can't wait to see your recipe! I love all your food pics!

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  2. Thank you, Lillian!! It is SO EASY to make! You must try this!!
    -Cath

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  3. Seriously gorgeous photography on this blog. Nice work!

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  4. Thank you, so much, Shiloh!! Hope you stop back soon!
    -Cath

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  5. Very nice picture and a lovely recipe!

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    1. Thank you, very much, Olga! Very easy to make, and costs a lot less than the market! Thanks for stopping by! Come again soon!

      Cath

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  6. Wine AND chocolate?! oh heaven. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Hi, Abby! Thanks for stopping by! Yes!! It is so sinful, isn't it?!! I hope you make this!

      Stop by, again, soon!

      -Cath

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  7. Me, too, Eleanor!! Thanks for stopping by! Come again, soon!
    -Cath

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  8. You have a lovely blog, following you.

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    1. Thank you, so much!! Thanks for the follow and stop by again soon!

      -Cath

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  9. Wonderful recipe, Cathi! Now I have to hit Kohl's and buy an ice cream machine...IF I didn't want to, what's an alternative...I mean there weren't these machines in the 1500s...hummmmm...xo Ally :)

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  10. che belle foto Cathy! Bravissima! Gelato is my favourite..talk to you soon again
    ciao from a sunny Rome
    fulvia

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  11. Hi Cathi, I'm very impressed with the lay-out of the blog. It's easy to follow and all the buttons (FB, Twitter) are a really cool addition.
    I will def be checking in from time to time. I write my own blog and would love your opinion. http://everythingsage.worpress.com
    Elliot

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  12. Hi there! LOVE this recipe. I believe I have a quart size ice cream maker. Would this recipe size still work? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, there! Thanks for stopping by! Yep, that should work just fine! Glad you're making this decadent recipe. It was crazy good! I need to make it again soon! Stop by again; we're always cooking up something new!

      Cheers!

      Caterina

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  13. Morning Cathi! I was looking for a good gelato recipe, and knew just where to come. What could possibly be tastier than chocolate and red wine! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your day!

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