Traditional Italian Gelato Recipes

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Want authentic Italian gelato recipes? Look no further. You won't find anything to compare with these traditional Italian ice cream recipes. Gelato is world famous as one of the first frozen ices and now you can easily capture its creamy, decadent, uniquely European taste.

Make Traditional Gelato Italiano

The Italian Cook Book (1919)

Vintage Italian Ice Cream BarVintage Ad for an Italian Gelato Bar

Gelato di pistacchi — Pistachio

If you love pistachio nuts, you'll love this creamy, rich-tasting Italian ice cream recipe. It should work well with other nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or walnuts too.

Milk, one quart; sugar, six ounces; pistachios, two ounces. Skin the pistachios in warm water and grind them very fine with a tablespoonful of the sugar, then put in a saucepan with [3 or 4] yolks and the sugar, mixing everything together. Add the milk and put the mixture on the fire stirring with the ladle, and when it is condensed like cream, let it cool and put in the freezer.

Gelato di Fragola — Strawberry Ice

Ripe strawberries, 3/4 lb; granulated sugar, 3/4 lb; water, one pint; a big lemon; an orange. Boil the sugar in the water for ten minutes in an uncovered kettle. Rub thorough a sieve the strawberries and the juice of the lemon and the orange: add the syrup after straining, mix everything and pour the mixture in the freezer.

Pezzo in gelo — Biscuit

Make a cream with: water, five ounces; sugar, two ounces; the yolks of four eggs; a taste of vanilla. Put it on the fire stirring continually and when it begins to stick to the ladle remove from the fire and whip to a stiff froth. Then mix about five ounces of ordinary whipped cream, put in a mold, and pack in salt and ice. Keep in ice for about three hours. This dish will be sufficient for seven or eight persons.

Easy Biscuit Tortoni Recipe

Second Edition of the Neighborhood Cook Book (1914)

Biscuit Tortoni is a quick and easy frozen dessert recipe you can whip up in a few minutes, but your guests will rave about it for hours. Serve it well chilled and be sure to make enough for seconds. Everyone will beg you for more!

One pint whipped cream, sweeten and flavor; one-half pound macaroons, pounded and mixed with the yolk of one egg; mix lightly together. Pour into mold and pack in ice.

Authentic Italian Ice

Watch the short YouTube video below as 94-year-old Clara demonstrates how to make an Italian Ice in your refrigerator freezer. Homemade ice dessert takes a while to freeze, but it's low-cost and so easy to make. Enjoy trying it.

Isn't she amazing? The ingredients are mentioned in the video, but I'll list them below in case you didn't get to write them down:

2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar

Flavor Suggestions:

  • Vanilla to taste

  • Lemon Lime - juice of 1/4 lemon and 1/4 lime per serving

  • Lemon - juice of 1/2 lemon per serving

  • Fruit of choice

Just bring water and sugar to boil, then cool for 15 minutes. Place in freezer for 1 hour, stir, return to freezer and repeat stirring and freezing until mixture is semi-frozen. Stir in flavoring and top with mint leaves (optional).

Enjoy a cool and refreshing treat.

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About the Gelato Recipes

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Don't accept a poor, modern imitation. If you want to make authentic gelatos right in your own kitchen, gelatos with that Old Italian taste, then these ice cream recipes from Grandma's collection are what you have been waiting for. They're the real thing. Gelato di Crema the way it's meant to be!

Click here for simple instructions on making ice cream in your home freezer. With these traditional Italian gelato recipes and a vintage Perry Como recording to listen to, you can almost believe you've been transported to sunny Naples. Make a tub of gelato tonight.

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