Truth be known, I can make a Gelato out of anything and you can too. The Gelateria (Ice cream shop), in Italy follows this same concept with a vast selection of flavors and textures to try, sometimes several at a time. I can never get enough.
Follow these basic rules for a 1 quart, standard electric Ice cream machine. I have never used the hand crank version. I think every household needs one of these as it makes a small amount. Who wants a gallon of anything in the freezer anyway? This will encourage you to make more Gelato and sorbets out of more fresh fruit. I do this on a regular basis, even in Winter. It doesn't matter if it comes out to be a little less than you expect out of this machine. It's easy to do, that is what is important. Use smaller containers when serving. Remember, a sweet ending is designed to compliment a meal, not be the meal. Although I must admit, It's hard to resist a second cup full.
Recipe for Strawberry Gelato:
4 cups Organic Strawberries (whole), cleaned of their tops
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Cornstarch
(I used 2 tablespoons of Limoncello, added directly into the ice cream maker. You can use lemon juice if you like or even leave it out).
2 cups whole, Organic Milk (if you wish to use low fat, Organic milk, that will be fine. You will still get great flavor, just not the same consistency).
Make your sugar syrup. Add your water and sugar in a pan on low heat. Mix gently until all your sugar is melted and dissolved. Set aside. Heat your milk, add your corn starch a little at a time until all is incorporated. Bring up to a boil and turn the heat off. Remove from heat. Add your sugar syrup into your milk mixture stirring gently to combine. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, Place your four cups of strawberries into the food processor and process until a liquid consistency.
Pour through a metal strainer and discard any residue left in the strainer.
Slowly pour your strawberry liquid into your milk mixture. Keep adding your liquid until combined. Your milk will now turn a pretty pink color.
Pour into a container and place in your refrigerator for up to 3 hours. It must be cold before you place it into your ice cream machine.
Plug in your machine and turn it on. Gently pour your mixture into the machine slowly. It only takes 20-25 minutes for some delicious Strawberry Gelato.