Friday, November 23, 2018

Menu Lib(e)ro - Dessert and Ice Cream

Menu Lib(e)ro has reached the Dessert and Ice Cream stage and this time I am your host. For the next two weeks I look forward to devouring your icy treats - just leave a comment with a link to your recipe and I'll append it to this post.

gelato di nocciole

When it came to choosing a book, one instantly came to mind - Giorgio Locatelli's Made In Italy.

Giorgio Locatelli Made In Italy

I have made several gelato and sorbet recipes from this book and they have turned out perfectly. Besides being well written, there's also an excellent section that details the science of ice cream with many useful tips and tricks.

The recipe I've selected allows me to feature one of Piemonte's best products - our incredible hazelnuts (nocciole tonda gentile)

Pasta di Nocciole

This pasta di nocciole (hazelnut paste) is produced by one of our local growers and only contains hazelnuts - there hasn't been any sugar added. If you can't find hazelnut paste you can make it yourself in a food processor using equal quantities of roasted hazelnut and caster sugar).

gelato alle nocciole

Hazelnut Ice Cream/ Gelato alle Nocciole

255 grams whole milk
60 grams milk powder
140 grams dextrose
300 grams water
10g caster sugar
100g invert sugar (replace with 30g dextrose and 70g caster sugar)
20g egg yolk (roughly 1 egg yolk)
100g hazelnut paste (replace with 50g roasted hazelnut/50g caster sugar, blended to a paste)

Place milk, milk powder, dextrose and water into a pan and stir.

Put the pan on a medium heat and bring to 40C - it's important to keep stirring to ensure everything has dissolved.

Once it reaches 40C - whisk in the caster and invert sugars, followed by the egg yolk and hazelnut paste. Bring the mixture gently up to 85C.

Remove from the heat and cool as quickly as possible - I transferred the mix into a sealable glass container and placed it in an ice bath to hasten the cooling time. Keep stirring as the mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. If you taste it at this stage it is going to seem overly sweet but once frozen it won't taste as sweet.

Once cold, seal the container and place in the fridge too chill for 6 to 12 hours.

After this chilling time has elapsed, you can place the mixture into your ice-cream maker. I have one with an inbuilt compressor and it took about 45 minutes to reach the right consistency. As these appliances vary, always follow the advice of your particular model.

Once churned, place the ice-cream into a freezer safe container and let it rest in the freezer for at least three hours before serving.

Dessert and Ice Cream /Dolci al cucchiaio e gelati

Resy - Bavarese di Riso al Caffe
Carla - Panna Cotta e Gelo al Limone
Cinzia - Gelato alla Robiola, Miele e Pere
Marta - Panna Cotta Semplice
Mony - Gelato allo Zenzero
Elena - Gelato ai canditi
Rosa Maria - Mousse Gelata di miele ai kiwi
Lynn - Stem Ginger Ice-cream


  1. Che gelato invitante!! ;-)
    Ecco il mio contributo che invece รจ un bavarese. A presto!!

  2. Ecco la mia ricetta, un abbraccio

  3. Hi Haalo, you have chosen one of my favorite chef :-)
    And I choose to make an ice cream for you as well, wirh pears, honey and robiola.
    Hope you like it and thanks for hosting :-)

    1. Thanks Cinzia - he is a great chef and just love his book. I have to try your recipe!

  4. Ciao Haalo ecco il mio dolcetto in versione natalizia :-)

  5. Ed ecco la mia ricetta :)
    Un abbraccio!


  6. Eccomi!
    un bacione!

  7. Ci sono anch'io :)


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