Monday, April 20, 2009

cinnamon chocolate gelato

I've had this recipe saved for at least a year. I remember coming across it and thinking how easily I could make it. I'm not sure why I never did, but I always forget to freeze the ice cream maker base, which is a lame excuse, but true nonetheless.

After recently having made chocolate sorbet, I'd kept the ice cream maker base in the freezer so I could make the gelato. I just got my last two wisdom teeth taken out, and I knew I'd want something cold and tasty, so I decided to make this. The original recipe calls for toffee bits to be added but left those out this time for obvious reasons :)

This is my 1 quart Donvier ice cream maker that I bought at a thrift store years ago. I remember I had recently saw an episode of Martha Stewart (way back before she was a felon - I preferred her show format back then, it was so much better, don't you think?!) where she made ice cream and she mentioned Donvier specifically, so I snatched it up for a great price. You do have to churn it manually every couple of minutes, but it only takes about 20 minutes total to make a quart. This was probably one of my best thrift store finds ever - it was in the original box and even still had the instruction manual! I'm so glad I've kept it all these years, even though I've only used it a handful of times. I'm always so glad I have an ice cream maker when I come across a really yummy sounding recipe.

chocolate cinnamon gelato with toffee bits
adapted from Dorie Greenspan featured in Bon Appetit June 2006
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch salt
2 cups whole milk, divided into 1/4 and 1 3/4 cups
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream (I used whole milk)
1/3 cup coarsely chopped toffee bits/candy bar pieces (I left these out)

Whisk sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt in heavy medium saucepan until blended. Gradually add 1/4 cup milk, whisking until cornstarch is dissolved. Whisk in remaining 1 3/4 cups milk. Whisk over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and comes to boil, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook 1 minute longer, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk until melted and smooth.

Transfer gelato base to medium bowl. Mix in cream. Place bowl over large bowl filled with ice and water and cool, stirring often, about 30 minutes.
Process gelato base in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, adding toffee during last minute of churning. Transfer to container; cover. Freeze at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

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This gelato turned out just as good as I was expecting it to! I absolutely love cinnamon and chocolate together, so I knew it had to be good. I used Callebut bittersweet chocolate and next time would love to try half bitter or semi sweet and half milk chocolate. I'd also like to add I used all whole milk, including in replacement of the whipping cream in this recipe. I think it still turned out great, but can see how the cream would make it even better and richer. This recipe is definitely worth a go if you're in possession of an ice cream maker.


  1. Chocolate cinnamon is such a winning combination. This looks delectable (:

  2. Try using real Cinnamon which is much sweeter and not reduce on the sugar.

    The Cinnamon sold in the US is actually Cassia.

  3. This reminds me of a Mexican chocolate gelato I had. I just love the spice with the chocolate!

    Chew on That

  4. Looks lovely, I wish I could eat dairy. Making this with coconut milk would definitely change things up a bit!
    And here I thought I was the only one who didn't like Martha's new pet madness show.

  5. I think the most memorable gelato I had in Italy was the cannella (cinnamon) one in the town square in San Gimigniano. This was the -self-proclaimed, mind you - best gelateria in the world! I'll try this at-home version and re-live some memories!

  6. I just made this the other night and like you I replaced the cream with milk. SO good and didn't feel too heavy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the tip on the Donvier - I just found one for cheap... will pick it up! Plan to give this yummy sounding recipe a try too! Excellent blog :).

  8. Thank you ButterYum! And I seem to be a bit of a Donvier magnet - I've since found 2 more at thrift stores that I couldn't pass up. Less than $5 each!