Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We All Scream for Ice Cream: Garam Masala Gelato

A childhood friend shared this awesome recipe for Garam Masala Gelato. It sounds so deliciously fragrant that I had to share. I feel like this spiced ice cream would go well with anything from chocolate cake to poached pears. It looks incredible M! Mmmmm.....

Ingredients (aside from the milk, eggs yolks and sugar, these are all very approximate)
1/4 to 1 tsp (depending on your preference for certain flavors) of each whole cloves, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cardamom seeds, star anise
2 sticks cinnamon
1" piece of peeled ginger, cut into large chunks
3 cups milk (preferably with some milkfat in it)
4 egg yolks
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp chopped up candied ginger pieces (optional)

Roast the spices (excluding ginger) in a pan over medium heat until they smell good and toasty.  Put all spices and raw ginger in a medium saucepan with the milk and half the sugar.  Heat slowly over medium low heat until the milk is steaming and almost boiling.  Remove from heat and let the spices hang out in the hot milk for anywhere from 15 - 60 minutes. 

When you are ready to move on, separate your eggs, and add the remaining sugar and the vanilla to the yolks.  Beat on high speed until pale yellow. Strain the spices from the milk. Add some of the warm milk to the egg mixture and stir.  Then put all the egg mixture in the saucepan with the milk and heat over medium low heat until the mixture is steaming and almost boiling.  It will get glossy.

Remove from heat, and cool in the fridge.
When it has cooled down, put the mixture in an ice cream maker and make according to the machine's instructions.  When the mixture has firmed up about halfway, add the chopped candied ginger, if you are using it.  Continue to process, and then put the gelato in the freezer to firm up.  It tastes better after a night in the freezer - the ginger pieces get a little softer.

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