This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and La Crème.
But maybe not ice cream, or mango sorbet, how about an Italian gelato recipe. Gelato is another one of those fine Italian desserts that has taken America by storm and it practically is in its own dessert category. Italian gelato flavors are more intense than their ice cream brethren because gelato contains less butterfat, less air and a slightly lower sugar content than ice cream.
Gelato recipes run the gamut from plain chocolate and vanilla to nut flavors, fruit flavors and almost any other combination that you can think of. When you see the pillows of this frozen confection in the trays of those gelato carts and stores many times you’ll see them decorated with chocolate syrup, pieces of fruit or chopped nuts. This is another one of those ice cream vs. gelato differences. Gelato recipes call for these additions to be made to the chilled treat only after it has been frozen.
It’s no big surprise that gelato engenders such passion from people. Not only are the flavors intense, but gelato is generally lower in fat and calories ice cream. An average half cup serving of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt has around 145 calories and 7.9 grams of fat and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream has 270 calories with 15 grams of fat; gelato typically ranges from 110 to 240 calories and has 0 – 10 grams of fat.
One of the great things about gelato, is that there are several versions/recipes to choose from. You can go full-on with high fat cream, milk and eggs or go a little lighter and not suffer the consequences of a loss of flavor or consistency.
I was recently asked to sample and review a new product by La Crème. I was familiar with them for their rich and creamy yogurt, so I was anxious to try out their new creamers (real dairy creamer). Half and half is one of those refrigerator staples in our house. While I don’t use it in my coffee (I need that stuff just mainline dripped right into my system), Craig insists on having it in his morning Joe. Oh, and it’s got to be real dairy! He will not, under any circumstances, use the powdered or chemical stuff. (He’ll eat Taco Bell, but don’t give him any of that dairy wanna-be stuff.) I don’t have a problem with his desire for real dairy, because I end up using some of his coffee moo juice when I cook. Yes, I have used up all of his half and half and paid the price the next morning when it wasn’t replaced.
So I received one bottle of each of the La Crème coffee creamers: Original (aka unflavored), French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Vanilla. Craig has been using it in his coffee and was pleasantly surprised with the flavor (He being skeptical of trying new things.), and very happy that it’s rbst free. I of course, decided to put it to the test by using it my recipes. Since I was craving Italian gelato, I decided to use it in the making of this mango gelato recipe. I am happy to report, it worked fantastically! While writing this post, I have downed two servings of the stuff. Oh, and the good people of La Crème are giving you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Check out the details below the recipe.
Are you craving it yet?
We’re almost 3 months beyond Christmas and a month past Valentine’s Day….two thirds of the Holy Trinity of gift giving holidays are behind us (the remaining third would be the birthday). No one’s thinking about giving gifts. But let’s be honest, do we ever really stop thinking about getting gifts? Even gifting things to ourselves.
Getting gifts is fun because we all like to get something new (or new to us) and we especially appreciate the thought that lies behind even the simplest of gifts. The physicality is proof positive that he or she is thinking of us. But what about the rest of the year? Why do we need to be confined to these few card giving holidays to think about what those close to us might like to receive? I say, get real! Break out of those confines!
Here are a few gifts that you can give all year round and not go broke in the process.
- Listen! When he/she is talking to you, make eye contact. Put down the cell phone, walk away from the keyboard, pause the video game. Really listen to what they’re saying and engage with them.
- Say please and thank you to your partner. We teach our kids to do this and we say it to complete strangers…why not to our partners?
- Smile at your partner more. Instead of your usual morning scowl at each other while hovering over the coffee pot, change up your routine and give them a little smile (if you can muster a sincere toothy grin at that early hour…bonus points).
Recipe: Creamy Mango Gelato
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 3 Large Ripe Mangoes (peeled and diced – 1 1/2 pounds of fruit)
- 3 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
- 2/3 Cup Le Crème Original Flavor Creamer
- Prepare a large bowl or pan of ice water for an ice bath. The container you use should fit the pan used to make the simple syrup.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally, cook until all of the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear (this is simple syrup). Place the hot pan in the ice bath and stir the mixture occasionally until the mixture cools to room temperature.
- Purée the mangoes in a blender or food processor with the lime juice and simple syrup. Transfer to a sealable container and whisk in the creamer. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours.
- Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to another container, cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
This recipe was adapted from Ice Cream & Sorbets: Cool Recipes
Because this is gelato, expect the consistency to be much softer than your usual ice cream or frozen yogurt.
You can use fresh lemon juice in place of the lime juice in this recipe.
Cooking time (duration): 20
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet (other): Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 8 (1/2 cup servings)
Meal type: dessert
Culinary tradition: Italian
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