Ina….I owe ya one

Decided I wanted to make chocolate ice cream.  About that time the Barefoot Contessa came on TV with her Deeply Chocolate Gelato recipe.  Holy cow.  It is to die for.  My Honey will think he died and went to heaven.  I sure did.  Here is her recipe…word for word.  I did make a couple of changes.



  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (recommended: Pernigotti)
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 extra-large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican coffee flavor liqueur (recommended: Kahlua)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt
  • 8 chocolates, roughly chopped, optional (recommended: Baci)


Heat the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in a 2-quart saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.

Place the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. A candy thermometer will register about 180 degrees F. Don’t allow the mixture to boil!

Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl and stir in the coffee liqueur, vanilla, and salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely.

Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate, if using, and freeze in covered containers. Allow the gelato to thaw slightly before serving.


I used Penzey’s high fat cocoa along with homemade Kahlua.  I omitted the candy, but next time there are soooo many choices of what to add.  Anything from the candy to brownies to red raspberries. 

IMG_1496Today was the first day in forever that we didn’t get any rain.  Girlie and I worked outside most of the afternoon and did a bunch of odds and ends.  And look what we found.

IMG_1493What a beautiful day.  And hoping for many more.


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2 Responses to “Ina….I owe ya one”

  1. Shoy Nelson Says:

    This is exactly the reason I DON’T own an ice cream maker…
    looks fabulous
    glad your weather is starting to behave itself

    • justgrams Says:

      well, after gaining 35 lbs since I quit smoking…..almost to the I don’t care point….key word….almost

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