Chocolate-Chocolate Gelato Recipe

My husband’s marriage proposal was incredibly unique and extremely romantic.

We were hiking in a canyon way out in Malibu (the same trail where we got lost on our third date — which is a long story for another time).

December 9, 2001

It seemed out of nowhere that a guy from a band I loved appeared from behind a cliff and began to sing “The Sweetest Thing.” (And no, it wasn’t Bono from U2. ;-)) In shock, I looked at my now husband, who was suddenly holding a beautifully framed “timeline” of our seven month relationship up to that day, a gorgeous ring, and . . .  a super cool ice-cream maker!

Yup! You heard me, an ice-cream maker was a part of my marriage proposal!

I love my ice-cream maker!  And not only for its sentimental value, but because for over ten years I’ve been making fantastic ice-cream and gelato in it!

Today is my Mom’s birthday and there’s no better excuse to make this Chocolate-Chocolate Gelato!  My Mom’s a very serious chocoholic and this gelato is perfect for her — it’s intensely rich, creamy and unbelievably delicious.

Chocolate-Chocolate Gelato Recipe

Prep Time: 5 hours

Active Work Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 2 quarts

Serving Size: Serves about 8

Recipe

4-1/2 cups whole milk

5 cups very finely grated or chopped, semisweet chocolate (1 pound, 4 ounces)

5 egg yolks (from large eggs)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 cups very finely grated or chopped bittersweet chocolate (6 ounces)

  1. Pour the milk into a medium-sized sauce pot and over medium heat, scald it. Tiny bubbles will appear on the edges of the pot and it should be very hot, but not boiling. Then add the semisweet chocolate and use a wooden spoon to stir. Once it's completely melted into the milk, remove the pot from the heat. Let this cool to room temperature, about 1-1/2 hours.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the egg yolks with the sugar. Mix until it's very thick and pale yellow. When you drizzle it with a spoon it should rest for a second or two before sinking back into the rest of the mixture -- this is called the "ribbon stage." On a low speed, gradually pour in the cooled chocolate mixture and blend only until it's evenly combined. Pour this back into the sauce pot and over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until becomes a beautiful, thick custard, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately and let it cool completely, at least 2 hours. (You can also let it come to room temperature, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it overnight.)
  3. Gently mix in the bittersweet chocolate, transfer to an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to the machine instructions. (While you can finely chop the chocolate with a knife, for large quantities I like to do it in my food processor with the grater attachment, to get these superfine pieces.)

Notes

Making thing is a delightful weekend cooking project! I did step 1 on Saturday morning, step 2 Saturday afternoon, and step 3 Sunday morning.

In case you are curious, my "engagement ice-cream maker" is this one!

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/04/chocolate-chocolate-gelato-recipe/

My favorite part in the gelato or ice-cream making process, is when I first remove the lid to reveal this site. Oh my! I love it!

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Comments

  1. says

    Some people would not find an ice cream maker at proposal very romantic, but for me, it is beyond romantic:) Who would not have said “YES!” after that? I love your story, Valentina (sure, I have always been a softie and a sucker for romantic stories:)
    I don’t have an ice cream maker (I took it to my brother and SIL in Serbia when they asked me for it – but they don’t use it, as it does not make enough ice cream for their family:), but it is on my wish list:)
    I will definitely make this gelato to surprise the girls (they are spoiled by the European-type ice cream they eat when we visit Serbia:)
    Happy Birthday to your mom! Give her a hug for me and enjoy the day with her:)

  2. says

    Oh my gosh – best story EVER! How could you not fall for a guy who proposes with an ice cream maker? I don’t have one but now I think I know what I want for our anniversary. And I will absolutely try this chocolate-chocolate gelato, since I can’t resist chocolate in any form. Great post! : )

  3. says

    I have always wanted an icecream maker. What a guy and story :) As soon as I get my hands on an icecream maker, I will try this recipe because we fell in love with gelato in our trip to Rome a couple years back. I can eat it all day long. If you have a Nutella recipe, I would take that recipe in a heartbeat as well:)

  4. says

    Ice-cream maker as part of a marriage proposal?! Hmm. That proposal would be incredibly difficult to say “no” to. He’s definitely a keeper. :-D

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