Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato by 2sistersrecipes.com

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato ~ is a creamy, smooth gelato, made with milk, heavy cream, sugar, crunchy dark chocolate pieces and fresh blackberry puree to create a very sweet blackberry-licious gelato flavor! Perfect for summer entertaining, and especially tasty when blackberries are in full season.

July is National Ice Cream Month, but if you live here in the Low Country like I do, the August heat keeps ice cream at the top of our menu.  We love to entertain friends and family all summer long and this Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato will surely wow your family and friends.  When blackberries are in season, they’re sweet, juicy and less tart than any other time during the year.  And they’re super cheap to purchase during the month of August which makes buying them a sweet deal!

What is the difference between gelato and ice cream?  Even though gelato means “ice cream” in Italian, it is lighter in fat and more concentrated in flavor than ice cream simply because gelato contains more whole milk than cream and sometimes their even made without egg yolks.  Ice cream which contains greater portion of heavy cream than milk, and with a couple of egg yolks or more, contains more fat than gelato.  And since there is less fat in gelato to coat your palate, the more concentrated the flavor you will taste with gelato.

Also, gelato is slow-churned, making it denser texture and creamier.  The temperature of gelato is also different, kept slightly warmer (around 10 degrees warmer) in their freezer storage units to give its silky smooth texture, both techniques allows the flavors to come through more concentrated and taste even better.

Now back to this lusciously smooth Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato.  This recipe makes 12 cups of creamy gelato! It is made with an easy homemade blackberry puree which takes only 10 minutes to make.

You will need 2 small (6-ounce) containers of fresh blackberries (about 4 cups) some sugar and fresh lemon juice, pour into a blender and puree until smooth, then strain the mixture through a fine wire mesh strainer to remove the seeds.  Then the Blackberry Puree is ready to use in the mixture for the gelato.

Very easy!

Italy is known for their gelato.  Yes we know.  Thank goodness we don’t have to travel to Italy to enjoy a scoop!  But, we can easily enjoy gelato and make it at home, with an Ice Cream / Gelato Machine.

ENJOY!!

Do you have a favorite flavor?  Let us know and we would love to add it to our recipe list of making homemade gelato!

Thanks for stopping by!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert / Frozen Gelato
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3+1/2 quarts / 12 cups
 
Blackberry Chocolate Chip Gelato ~ is a creamy, smooth gelato, made with milk, heavy cream, sugar, pieces of crunchy dark chocolate and fresh blackberry puree to create a very sweet blackberry-licious gelato flavor! Perfect for summer entertaining, and especially tasty when blackberries are in full season.
Ingredients
For GELATO MIXTURE:
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1+ ⅔ cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Blackberry Puree - divided (recipe follows)
  • Fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (smashed into smaller pieces)
  • Fresh mint
  • optional: whipped cream
For BLACKBERRY PUREE:
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Instructions
For Blackberry Puree:
  1. Process 4 cups of fresh blackberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer to remove seeds, pressing and swirling gently with a rubber spatula; discard any solids.
  3. Yields: 1+1/2 cups
For the Gelato Mixture:
  1. Place whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract and 1 +1/4 cups Blackberry Puree in a large saucepan (reserve ¼ cup for serving). Bring mixture to a low simmer over medium heat, no not bring to a boil, just warm it up enough until you see foam form at the edges. Remove from heat. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Place in an airtight container, chill for a few hours, or over night, or 2 days is best.
  2. Pour gelato mixture into a freezer can of a 4-quart ice cream machine, or pour ½ the mixture into a 1.5-quart machine ( and make 2 batches). Follow directions according to the machine, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Take ¼ cup of chocolate chunks and place them into a small ziplock bag. Seal the bag. Gently smash the chunks into smaller pieces. Then, during the last 4 minutes of churning, add the chocolate pieces into the mixture.
  4. Transfer gelato to an airtight freezer safe container, until freezes, about 2 hours.
  5. Serve with fresh blackberries on top, some fresh mint as garnish, and maybe even a dab of Blackberry Puree (as a sauce) and some whipped cream!
  6. yields: 12 cups
Notes
*The blackberry puree can be made several days in advance and refrigerated until ready to make the gelato. Just be sure to strain all the seeds.
*Reserve aside about ¼ cup puree, serve as a sauce to spoon some on gelato for extra flavor!
*Also, you can use semi-sweet mini chocolate chips instead of the chunks.
*Keep in mind, most ice cream machines calls for 1.5 quarts or 2 quarts; therefore, you will need to divide the mixture in half and make it twice with the machine.

Hope you’ll try this recipe!   Please PIN it!! … and SHARE!      thanks again!

 

You Might Also Like

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandra
    August 10, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Hello there on your new site! I had to look around to see where to comment! The writing here is also extremely small and rather light grey. Are you able to change this? Otherwise, it all looks very lovely and I’ll be back really soon to look around properly!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      HI Sandra! I think I can change it to make it look better, thanks again! I get on it!

  • Reply
    cheri
    August 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I think that this blackberry chocolate chip could be my most favorite flavor, love everything about this;)

  • Reply
    by Anna and Liz
    August 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks Cheri! The blackberries are so sweet this time of year – I can’t wait to do another post using them.
    Have a great week!
    xo Anna

  • Reply
    Barbara Schieving
    August 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I’m crazy about gelato and this one looks fabulous!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 17, 2017 at 3:06 am

      We are too Barbara and this one is a keeper!

  • Reply
    Susan
    August 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Gosh, your gelato looks amazing! What a gorgeous color and I guess I’ll have to make it to taste it 🙂

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 17, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Susan, It’s tastes so sweet and delicious! You have to make this one!

    Leave a Reply

    Rate this recipe: