blueberry gelato... without an ice cream maker?

You can make Italian gelato with or without an ice cream maker. I only got an ice cream maker about two years ago... that's another story for another post... or maybe I will tell you.

Regardless, if you don't have an ice cream maker or you buy one from Canadian Tire that is missing its paddle, you can follow these simple directions.

In a saucepan, place:

2 cups fresh clean blueberries (approximately one pound)
1/2 cup sugar
juice from one lemon
2 tablespoons water

Cook over low heat, stirring very gently as to not squish the berries. They will cook slowly and be ready to remove from the heat when they are dark and shiny and all of the sugar granules are gone.

Let the mixture cool to room temperature and add the zested peel of the lemon you juiced for the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge to chill.

In a heavy pan, place two cups whole (full fat) milk over low heat. Meanwhile, stir 2 tablespoons corn starch into one cup of the cold milk. When the milk in the pan is warm to the touch and bubbles are forming around the edge of the pan, add the cold milk mixture and continue to cook it slowly, stirring constantly. Be careful not to scald the milk. This process with thicken the milk slowly as the corn starch cooks, but it will not be as thick as say, custard. 

Continue cooking the milk mixture over low-to-medium heat, stirring constantly until you can see it thickening. A good test for doneness would be to dip a spoon into the warm milk. If you pull the spoon out and it has a thin layer of milk on it, you're finished. If it runs off like milk from a cereal spoon, keep cooking it.

Remove the pan from the heat and pour mixture into a glass bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

The next day, remove the cooked berries from the fridge. Add two tablespoons of gin to the mixture. You can omit this step if you have an ice cream machine. The alcohol in the gin prevents crystals from forming during freezing. Plus, it adds a little nip, and that can't be all bad. So, even if you have a machine, what the heck. Add it.

Don't worry about giving this gelato to children. My Granny gave me gin all the time, and I turnide uot fyne!

Now, blend 2/3 of the berries-in-gin until smooth, reserving 1/3 of the mixture as whole berries. Add all of the berries, blended and whole, to the cold milk mixture.

If you have an ice cream machine, you can now freeze the gelato according to the directions on your appliance.

If you are sans ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a baking pan (a 9x12 cake pan would work well) and place it in the freezer. Using a whisk, break the mixture up and give it a good stir every twenty minutes or so for about two hours, making sure there are no lumps or crystals. 

I must confess, I was gifted an ice cream maker from Canadian Tire. The paddle broke the first time I used it so I took it back. I was told they wouldn't replace it for me because I had no receipt... hello... it was a gift.  Arguing was pointless, even though I gave it a good try.

So, baby did a bad, bad thing.  What did baby do?

I went to the appliance department, picked out the same ice cream maker, and bought it. I took it straight to the car, switched out the paddles, and then I returned one of them... you get my drift... with a receipt.

I'm only telling you this because it was time to come clean, even at my own peril. My conscious is now clean.

Oh, and I look absolutely fetching in orange jumpsuits, anyway.


KAGS Herself said...

I am laughing & laughing. Memories of that fine Saturday evening with you and all those confessions - Granny & all! But why oh why is my name bandied about on everyones blog like I'm the rebel party girl. Surely all I did was laugh?
Can't wait to see the embellished orange jumpsuit!

Saucy said...

I figure if Paris Hilton can repair her image after incarceration, surely I will be able to.

Plus, imagine all the media attention to the blog!

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only person who does that ;)

That looks very yummy!

{lauryl} said...

i would have done the exact same thing. if the system tries to screw you, YOU screw the SYSTEM. that's my motto. or... it is now, anyway. ;-)

Jo said...

Oh but that's exactly what you should have done! Clever you! And I turnide uot fyne when my dad tried mixing fruit squash for my party with the jug of white wine my mom had left in the fridge. He needed to add a lot of syrup to get it tasting nice, but us kids didn't complain!

NGS said...

Oh, I would not have done that because I would never have thought of it!! You are. . . beyond brilliant. That is the smartest circumventing of the system ever. Thank you for that.

Linda Crispell said...

I kind of love your Granny.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That is brilliant. I'm totally remembering that next time I can't make a return.

Jenn said...

Love that story Saucy! As far as I'm concerned Canadian Tire was asking for it! I mean what else is a girl to do?

Don't you totally wonder what the unsuspecting victim of the paddle-less ice cream maker did? Hopefully she kept the receipt! Otherwise it's being paid forward.

I've always wanted to try making ice-cream. But without a maker, I never thought I could. This is def. on my to do list before Summer ends. Thanks for the tips.


Cheryl said...

you are just too funny! I don't think I would have thought of that solution to the problem either!! It is a good one though!!

Helena said...

That icecream looks absolutely divine!

I just love the way you handle difficult staff when you're out shopping! Excellent advice to be kept in the back of my mind shall I ever need it. Much thanks! :-)

SandraD said...

I love how your mind works. Using gin to eliminate ice crystals and the creative exchange of your ice cream maker paddle are two of the best solutions I have heard in a long time. The gelato looks awesome too.

Amy said...

Hopefully the statute of limitations has run out so they can't prosecute you. But you know a good lawyer if they do. :) The gelato looks yummy, even if it is blueberries. {shudder}

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Eggfree too? I think even I could make this one.

(Is gin the only approved booze? I never have it on hand.)

Suzy said...

Glad to hear from all of your bloggy friends that you were in the right.....I have done the same thing, but never told.......

Glad to see there is somebody out there doing the same!

sassy studio said...

it looks delish! grannyand her gin explains alot about you...Saucy!

Anonymous said...

The gelato looks absolutely delicious! I will have to try this when we get back from our holidays!

Smart idea! Canadian Tire is always so darn hard to deal with, even if you have a reciept!


Krystal said...

I LURRVE (as you say) the color of the purple gelato.

You are a funny girl. I like your stories.

Saucy said...


You can use vodka just as easily as gin. I would avoid using rum, it is too heavily flavoured and also would avoid tequila for the same reason.

Realistically, you would want to use a clear alcohol... but flavoured vodka would be okay. It is such a little amount it wouldn't be too overpowering.

Dark liquors would change the colour of the gelato too much I think.

Anonymous said...

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oliver rain said...

I'm making this gelato as I type, sans ice cream maker.

You must feel so much better having the weight of your misdoings off your shoulders!

Barb said...
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Barb said...

LOL! Been there, done that. We rebels would be a tough group in prison.

Wish I had the time to make that gelato, yum!

Oh, and congrats on having your Smores Cupcake featured on One Pretty Thing today!

Kate said...

Hubs says you wear your regular clothes in Canadian jail, so you'll win the best dressed award. Next time I see you I'll tell you what they use the orange jumpsuits for. LOL

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