If you have been around here for a while, you know how much we love gelato! And making gelato at home is way better than anything you can buy in the stores in the US. This walnut flavored gelato has been on our minds for a while and we finally made a version that is not only tasty, but absolutely irresistible! This homemade Candied Walnut Gelato is great to make during fall to top on pies or enjoy alone!
Walnuts have a great taste that make them worthy of a gelato! The inspiration behind this recipe came from one of our friends who visited Italy and asked us to recreate her favorite gelato she had on her trip. Challenge accepted!
We candied the walnuts since they can have a slightly bitter taste when used raw or even toasted. This method of candying walnuts is so easy and performs the task perfectly for this application. It gives the walnuts an extra sweet flavor and counteracts their natural bitterness.
We tried this recipe with black walnuts as well, but we found that the flavor wasn't exactly what we wanted for this recipe. The flavor of black walnuts is pretty aggressive and earthy so we opted to go with regular walnuts instead.
To achieve the overall nutty flavor in the cream itself, we turned to a Black Walnut extract. Walnut extract can be a bit difficult to find at stores, but it can be ordered easily online. It is worth getting for this gelato recipe and it would be great in other dessert recipes as well. The flavor of the walnuts really comes through in this gelato and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Gelato vs Ice Cream
Although gelato is the Italian word that translates to ‘ice cream,’ they do have some important differences. This mainly comes down to the fat content and the way they are churned. You can read more HERE. But in general making homemade ice cream and gelato involves pretty much the same ingredients, although the proportions are a bit different.
Do I need a machine to make gelato?
We highly recommend a machine to make gelato, and generally most machines or ice cream maker attachments will work here. Most stand mixers have attachments like THIS but a standalone ice cream machine can be a good option too.
You can make gelato by hand, but we must warn you that the texture will not be as creamy as making it in a machine. It will still be delicious either way though, so if you want to make it by hand, you can read more about it HERE.
Worried about using raw eggs? Make a custard base instead!
If you are concerned about your eggs based on the source, or uncomfortable using raw egg yolks in general, we recommend that you make a custard base first as follows:
- Add the cream, milk, salt, and ⅓ cup of the sugar in a saucepan and gently heat on low, stirring frequently.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until smooth and set aside.
- When milk just begins to bubble, remove from heat and VERY SLOWLY whisk it into the egg mixture. If you do it too fast the eggs will curdle. Once combined, return to heat over low to medium-low and gently stir until mixture has thickened slightly and coats the back of a spoon (approximately 3-4 min).
- Remove from heat and add the walnut and vanilla extracts, stirring to incorporate it thoroughly. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes before placing in your ice cream/gelato maker.
We hope that you enjoy this recipe for Candied Walnut Gelato! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Looking for more recipes like this? Check these out:
- Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato
- Fig Ricotta and Rum Caramel Gelato
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Dulce de Leche Layered Brownies
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