Funny how food can alter our moods. Well, for me anyway. Back when Charlotte celebrated her birthday, I asked her what birthday cake or cupcakes she wished to have when her friends came over. Her reply was no to either of the two. Instead, she wanted to make their own sundaes. Sundaes? Let me remind you that she turned 13 and for the past 12 years, I have made birthday cakes and cupcakes for her birthday. One cake for each of the family celebrations we had for her. One cake, or cupcakes, for each birthday party she celebrated with her friends. Cupcakes for school where she would offer one to each child in her class plus one for each of her teachers. By my calculations, I’d say that’s roughly 24 birthday cakes and over 300 cupcakes! Not baking cake nor cupcakes for my little girl was a big deal for me. Sundaes? Fine. Sundaes. Oh, but not just any sundae! Home made Madagascar-Bourbon Vanilla Gelato. Home made hot chocolate sauce. And to top it all off, mini peanut-butter cups and chocolate M & M’s.
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Gelato from Making Artisan Gelato, by Torrance Kopfer
1 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 35%
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
(This style of gelato is closer to a traditional ice cream than actual gelato. The lack of egg yolks allows for the subtle nuances between the two types of vanilla to come through.)
Split the vanilla bean in half with a knife and remove the seeds, dropping them into a median-sized saucepan. Add the milk and sugar, and stir to combine. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture registers 170 degrees F/77 C on a thermometer. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for a 1/2 hour.
Remove the vanilla bean pod, add the cream and vanilla extract, and stir. Pour into a clean container, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. When ready, pour the chilled mixture into your ice-cream maker and proceed as per manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the gelato to a container with a lid and place in the freezer to fully harden before serving.
After the birthday celebration came and went, I had come across a stressful situation and had some decisions to make, which I’m not very good at by the way. One evening as I was sitting quietly, contemplating how to go about things, I went into the kitchen to forage for something that might help me along with my decision-making. Nothing in the pantry. Nada in the fridge. But when I took a peek into the freezer, I found some of this gelato which I had forgotten about. Oh, perfect! Whereas the girlies went all overload with this, I kept my vanilla gelato plain and simple. I don’t know why, but eating that gelato really did sooth my mind and help me make my decisions. Weather they were the right decisions I will never know. But it did help keep me calm that evening and I haven’t looked back since!
Sinful!! Love sundaes! And a happy birthday to your daughter 🙂
I know, who doesn’t love sundaes? Thank you for the b-day wish! That’s very sweet.
Tea with Erika said:
Yummy! Here’s another thing I’m afraid of 8) They all seem so time consuming, specially when you don’t own an ice cream maker… But your little girl surely deserves it!
I will come up with something just for you Erika, where you don’t require an ice cream maker! 🙂
Tea with Erika said:
Awww, thanks dear!
Vanilla is a winner for me every time, plain vanilla. I would never have overlooked this gelato lurking in the freezer, in fact it would play on my mind until gone!😋
Hahaha! It usually plays on my mind as well, except I had some troubling thoughts occupying my mind this time.
So you have a girl…13! Does it seem as though life is whizzing by for you too? I have a 15 year old son and I too have provided many cupcakes. He asks for pumpkin pie for his birthdays these past few years. I love your gelato! So creamy and luscious!
Thank you! Life does go by too quickly… I wish I could keep them little and with me forever! Luckily, my 10 year-old still demands cake and cupcakes!
Your daughter is one intelligent young woman, Lidia. Cakes and cupcakes are wonderful, to be sure, especially when lovingly prepared by Mom. Even so, how can they possible compare with a sundae made with this gelato? The evidence is in your photos. I hope your daughter had a wonderful time. Wishing her a belated happy birthday.
Yes John, she is growing into a very fine and intelligent young woman! Thanks for your kind wishes!
Oh Lidia!!! Happy Birthday to Charlotte. Simply yummy! Would there be any chance you and Charlotte can over and repeat the Sundae making party on Thursday for Giorgia’s B-day party……..fantastic idea!!!! Hope Charlotte had a wonderful day miss you guys lots. XOX
If you moved back to Montreal Tonina, Charlotte and I would be more than happy to supply treats for the remainder of Georgia’s birthdays!
The title of this post made me smile. I like this type of gelato without the egg. I love how foods can help calm the mood. My husband says that chocolate is my calming food, so he never hesitates to get me some. It’s rare when I don’t have a stash of chocolate, LOL.
I love my gelato in every which way, shape and flavour! 🙂 I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who uses food to calm my moods!
Wow! Did those girls know what a treat they were eating?? Real vanilla bean and all! Boy that looks good! I haven’t had homemade ice cream since I was little. That sure was good stuff!
Actually, they did! My niece celebrated her Bat-Mitvah the following weekend and when she called my family up to light one of her candles, she mentioned how coming over to my house is always special for her because she gets to have special treats like homemade gelato! So sweet!!
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker said:
I bet homemade gelato is out of this world! I love those vanilla bean specs in there. YUM!
It sure beats the commercial ice cream found at the grocers’. I also love those little specs of vanilla bean throughout. Makes it look even yummier!
Gelato is the best! Homemade gelato must be fantastic! 🙂
I think that my homemade gelato is the best this side of Italy!