Espresso Cheesecake Gelato

May 1

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Espresso Cheesecake Gelato

A rich creamy gelato with the flavor of a rich coffee cheesecake. This recipe is adapted from recipes in Making Artisan Gelato.

2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup whole dark roasted coffee beans
1 cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup vanilla Jack (*see note)

Put 2 1/2 cups whole milk and 1 cup coffee beans in heavy saucepan and heat to 190˚; remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Process (careful not to make a mess here) with an immersion blender (or regular blender) on low speed until mixture becomes medium brown tan color like coffee with cream added. Strain mix with a fine mesh strainer (or through a coffee filter) into a mixing bowl.

Return the strained coffee-milk blend to the saucepan, add the sugar and heat to 170˚ to dissolve sugar. Meanwhile whisk the eggs yolks. Temper the eggs by whisking in a couple ladles of the heated milk being careful not to scramble the eggs. Whisk the tempered eggs into the hot milk blend. Return mix to heat and stir/whisk continuously until mix reaches 185˚.

Mix the 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and 1 cup of heavy cream in a mixing bowl. Add the hot custard mix to the mixing bowl with the cream cheese and heavy cream. Thoroughly blend the mix with the stick blender or whisk until smooth and cooled a bit. Now that mix is cooled just a bit it is time to blend in the vanilla Jack. Strain the custard through a fine mesh strainer to ensure a smooth and creamy texture.

Place bowl in an ice bath to chill, stirring frequently until fully cooled. OR, allow the custard to cool a bit and then refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. When ready, pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions. Remove gelato from ice cream maker, put in container and place in freezer to fully harden.

*vanilla Jack- 1 liter Jack and 6 vanilla beans that have been split; put split vanilla beans into the bottle of Jack and allow to age for 6 weeks.


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