Today is a typical Southern California Summer Scorcher.  It may only be 98° right now (2:00 pm PDT) but if it’s anything like yesterday the temps will climb another 8° or so before we hit the max in about 2 more hours.  If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I was struggling to get these photographs done before I had lemon gelato soup! LOL!! And as I mentioned on Twitter, the only option I really had was to… uhm… well… hmmm… eat it!!!

Up until now, I’d never made gelato before… but I can tell you right now this will not be the last time I do.  Of all the frozen desserts that exist, gelato may just be my favorite! But… it’s gotta be a GOOD gelato… not some cheap, low-end, gelato-wanna-be.  As explained by wikipedia, gelato is the Italian regional variant of ice cream.  But for me, all comparisons end there. Gelato has a different texture… a different mouth-feel than ice cream.  I can’t quite describe it but I can tell you it’s damn good!  No matter how much I love lemon ice cream it just doesn’t have the same smoothness as lemon gelato.  Now, don’t get me wrong… they’re both very enjoyable… both very refreshing… both very satisfying… and both very good.  But gelato has a certain je nais sais quoi that ice cream does not. And before you blow up my inbox in protest, remember… it’s just my opinion :)  And I definitely have nothing against ice cream – heck, I make it all the time :)

I’m sure you’ve noticed my blog has recently undergone a significant face lift.  The new look went live last weekend and we added a new Photo Gallery feature a few days ago.  The Photo Galley can be accessed from the navigation bar and if you haven’t already done so, please take a look.  All of this was done by Tristan of Buzz Blog Designs – he was just great to work with and he’s a very talented guy :)  I’m not sure if he’s a fan of lemon in particular but he can certainly appreciate some good looking food.  While he was working on my site he’d often tell me how the pictures were making him hungry! LOL!  I think this time of year, gelato appeals to pretty much everyone… especially since it comes in such a wide variety of flavors.  Of course lemon is my personal favorite but when it comes to my family a variety of chocolate brings a smile to their faces :)

I tried to be quick with the photos to avoid the dreaded lemon-gelato-soup but as you can see above, it was a race to the finish!  In the end, however, I do believe I prevailed :)

Make this recipe a keeper!


Lemon Gelato

Adapted from Dragon’s Kitchen

1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1 1/2 cups Half-n-Half
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup freshly lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
zest from 3 lemons

In a glass bowl, using a hand mixer combine creams and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add extracts, lemon juice and zest. Chill for at least 2 hours. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

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Have a delicious day!

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13 Responses to "Lemon Gelato – and a new photo gallery"

  1. Tracey says:

    That look phenomenal! I’ve never had gelato and I think I’m really missing out! I’m not sure what flavor I should make first…

  2. Food Muse says:

    You are so damn good, Emi!

  3. Sara says:

    That looks awesome! I’ve never had gelato…is it very different from ice cream? I love the new blog design!

  4. I do love the new look.

  5. Jamie says:

    Wow, that looks freaking awesome!

  6. Carmen says:

    I absolutely LOVE “Lemon” gelato. I can’t wait to try this. I didn’t realize how easy it was. Thanks!

  7. Elissa says:

    Cool, tart, refreshing… Beautiful :) And I appreciate how hard it probably was to photograph especially in 98 degree weather, but it looks gorgoues!

  8. ingrid says:

    Okay, Em, first things first. I think these pics are some of your best. So whatever you did (hurry?) be sure to do it again. :)

    Second, so what makes gelato different? There has to be something going on to get the different mouth feel. I read through the recipe and didn’t see anything significantly different. I wanna gelato! :)

  9. Jaime says:

    that looks wonderful – I have to try it!

  10. Monica H says:

    Pistachio gelato is my all-time fave! There’s a gelato stand inside our grocery stoer so every time we go I get some. So so good!

  11. Shelly says:

    This looks great…just want to say I have just come across your blog and it’s fantastic! Beautiful pictures and lovely ideas!

  12. Karen K says:

    Oh my! That looks yummy! I’ve been craving lemon. Lemon poundcake and now this. I may be losing it but is there a way to print out your recipes? Thought there was.

  13. Jamie says:

    In the ice cream maker now! I had a lick from a spoon not frozen because I’m so impatient, and it’s SOOOO good! Can’t wait for it to freeze! :D

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