I’ve spent my life searching the best ice creams out there and, for me, nothing tops a real Italian gelato. The problem is it’s hard to find a real, authentic Italian gelato here in the United States. It usually ends up being standard ice cream trying to be passed off as gelato. This leaves me with two options: Fly to Italy to get the real stuff, or make it myself.

Lemon Gelato

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:4
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
Photo by Tommy Galfano
Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 1

Gather all of your ingredients.

 

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 2

Peel the lemons and set aside peels.

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 3

Put the water, lemon juice, sugar, and the lemon peels into a pot.

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 4

Boil the juice mixture for 3 minutes, stir occasionally, making sure the sugar completely dissolves.

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 5

Allow lemon syrup to cool and remove lemon peels.

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 6

Mix milk, heavy cream, and lemon syrup in a bowl.

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 7

Place ice cream base into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

#SpoonTip: Don’t have an ice cream maker? Add a shot or two of limoncello and make this into a no-churn gelato recipe

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Photo by Tommy Galfano

Step 8

Remove from the ice cream maker and either store in the freezer in an airtight container or serve immediately.

Photo by Tommy Galfano
Photo by Tommy Galfano