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Strawberry Gelato

Fresh homemade Strawberry Gelato is made using a mix of whole milk and heavy cream as well as over 2 cups of fresh strawberries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate / Freeze 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 187kcal
Author Katie


  • Stove Top
  • Food Processor
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2-¼ cups sliced hulled strawberries
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened pomegranate juice or unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
  • teaspoon Citric acid


  • In a heavy, nonreactive saucepan, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in the milk and cream over low heat and whisk constantly until the mixture just reaches a boil -- 5 to 8 minutes or so. Set the saucepan into a large baking dish, pack ice cubes around it and add some water to the ice. Stir frequently until the mixture is as cold as you think it's likely to get.
  • In a food processor, puree the strawberries. Stirring hard, pass the puree through a fine sieve into the chilled custard. Stir in the salt and the red juice of your choice. If you want, taste the mixture to see if it would benefit from a little citric acid.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight. I do this in the fridge, but of course you can keep using the baking-dish-full-of-ice method if you have unlimited ice.
  • Churn the batter in an ice cream maker "according to the manufacturer's instructions." And then, unfortunately you have to pack it into an airtight container and freeze it for at least 3 more hours before it's at its best.


  • Yield - This recipe yields 1 pint of Strawberry Gelato. Serving sizes for nutritional values is set to ½ cup portions.
  • Strawberries - If you cannot find fresh strawberries you can substitute the fresh for frozen. Simply thaw before you place in the food processor.
*The prep time is so long because I include the "chilling" portion of the gelato in the prep time.


Serving: 0.5c | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg