Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pina-Colada Gelato and Ice Cream Social Link up

Forget the, "You scream, I scream"...Right now, it's hit triple digits here in the Valley of the Sun, and I am not just screaming, I am Hollering for.....Gelato!!??

Seriously, I am starting to melt here, and it's only June! I also have some exciting news, so be sure to check the bottom of the post for details.

What I am looking for, it has to be something ice cold, refreshing and tropical tasting!
What better flavors than Pineapple and Coconut!

So, what exactly is Gelato? I knew it was a type of Ice Cream and it is Italian, but it does have some significant differences than your typicial Ice Cream!
1. Gelato contains a considerable lower percentage of butterfat than ice cream, about 25% less. This recipe calls for dried, non-fat milk powder. You would think it would have less taste, which is actually the opposite. With less fat, it melts in the mouth quicker, giving you a the full flavor taste faster.
2. It is more dense than ice cream. When Ice cream is made, with the cream, milk and sugar, air is added. Without air, gelato, is richer, and creamier. It surprised even me, using the powdered milk.
3. It is served 10 degrees warmer, than ice cream. While both are frozen at 32F, gelato is served warmer, again to bring out the taste more readily. Which makes using it as a 'slushy' mix for
 Pina Coladas, perfect!!

The hardest point in making this, is waiting for the gelato to freeze! I didn't use an ice cream maker, I am sure it would have froze faster with one, but if you are one of the ten readers that follow my blog, then you know we just moved, and funny thing is, I found the container to freeze the ice cream, just not the machine it self. I will just keep looking, because this is only the beginning of ice cream recipes!

Let's get started!

First, completely drain the pineapple. Set aside in a bowl, in the refrigerator, while the custard is being made.

In a small saucepan, on med-low heat, combine, 4 Tbls. powdered milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup of the Cream of Coconut. I would have used Coco Loco, that is traditionally used in making Pina Coladas, except my store seemed to be out. Luckily, I found Goya's.

When using cream of coconut, it needs to be stirred completely, because the coconut milk, separates, and the cream rises to the top.

While the milk/sugar mixture is heating up, whisk two egg yolks together, until they are a pale yellow color. You can use a mixer for bigger batches, if you are doubling or tripling this recipe, I just used a fork and a bowl.

When the sugar is completely dissolved, take one cup of the milk/sugar mixture, and temper the egg yolks. This is done, to make sure the eggs don't scramble in the sauce pan, it helps bring up the temperature of the eggs to the temperature of the contents in the saucepan without cooking them.

Add the egg yolks to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer, being careful not to boil the custard. Stirring slowly, cook for 3-5 minutes, until either you have a kitchen thermometer that says 178F, or I just go with, the custard looks slightly thickened, and coats the back of  a spoon.

Set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Add 2 tsp. vanilla or other flavoring you wish, coconut, or banana, just adjust the amount from 2 tsp. to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp. , and the drained, crushed pineapple.

Blend in a blender. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth. I like plump, juicy bites of pineapple in mine.

Pour into a freezer safe container. I used my glass loaf pan, and covered it with plastic wrap.

Freeze for 4-6 hours, or over night! Now the recipe said to stir it every hour, but mine didn't seem to need it, in fact it took almost three hours before it was halfway frozen. So I would just leave it alone.

To serve, let sit out about 5 minutes until slightly softened. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the gelato into a glass and garnish with toasted coconut, and/ or an ounce of Rum.


In honor of Summertime, I am excited to share with you two fun activities.

 First, I am hosting an
 Ice Cream Social,
for the month of June!

Come share and link up your favorite Ice Cream recipes or posts using
 ice cream, gelato, sherbert, sorbet, shakes, sundaes, Icebox cakes and pies!
 Anything cold and refreshing!
You get the idea! *wink*

The second activity, you will need to check back here on Sunday for the details,
I want to keep you in suspense!

Until next time!
xo, Christine

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  1. The suspense is killing me already!! I hope you find your ice cream maker soon, with those triple digits you are going to need it. Ps. What a fun cocktail!

  2. YUM, YUM, YUM, I see a bottle of RUM!! We are gelato junkies!! I will definitely have to give this a try...with and without the rum. I'm a lightweight, so it should only take about 7, I mean, 2 sips, to get me to not care about the heat index! HUGS girl and thanks so much for this little gem!!

  3. Perfect for hot weather! I've got to try this ASAP. :)

  4. I so love gelato, but I've never made it. Love the flavors you've chosen--they are summer in a bowl. And I can relate to losing parts of an appliance. I was a bit too eager to move, and I packed prematurely. I love that this recipe doesn't require a machine. Have a great weekend!

  5. Wow Christine this gelato looks so delicious! Thanks for following and I'm now following you on Bloglovin! It's so nice to see you share this recipe at the Cooking & Crafting with J&J link up party. Have a wonderful day.
    Julie xo

  6. Yum! I love gelato and this flavour sounds amazing!

  7. This sounds really delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. This looks great...funny, I would have thought that Gelato had more butterfat..good to know! I am enjoying co-hosting OMHG Wordless Wednesday with you girls!


  9. I fell in love with gelato when I lived in Italy. This recipe looks delicious! I love the addition of pineapple, such a refreshing flavor.

  10. I'll definitely need to get the Boyf on the case with this! We just bought an ice cream maker and both love coconut so this has win written all over it!
    Thanks for cohosting with me

  11. Thank you Christine for the invite. What a fun and delicious party!!! yum..yum....yummmmm....

  12. Look delicious. What a fun link up to do perfect for the upcoming summer months. Thanks for co-hosting WW, have a great week.
    Sarah-Ann @ Living Intentionally Simple

  13. It's been sure a pleasure co-hosting with you this month on the OMHG WW! Great post! Have a wonderful rest of the week!! xx

  14. I have done nothing to but enjoyed ice cream. and this looks like a must have on my list of yummies

  15. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Pinning! Happy to be co-hosting at OMHG WW each week! Come on over and party all week at APIMP! Have a terrific weekend!

  16. Looks and sounds yummy. I live in AR and we are in the 90s right now. Thanks for sharing! It's great to co-host with you this week at OMHG WW!

  17. Pineapple and coconut is one of my favorite combinations, this gelato sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

  18. I'm a big gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt fan...Thanks for linking up at Funtastic Friday. Please join us again this week.

  19. Hi Christine! I linked up my Chocolate Icebox Cake today! Thank you for letting me know about your ice cream social! Such a great idea!

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