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Wisconsin Ricotta Gelato

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Cook Time: 30 min.
Like ice cream, gelato has a smooth creamy texture. Here ricotta and mascarpone cheeses add additional flavor to this Italian specialty.


  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) light rum or grappa
  • 2 1/2 cups light cream
  • 1 Tbs grated lemon zest
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese


  • In a saucepan, combine the raisins and rum or grappa. Heat to simmer; remove from the heat and set aside until the liquid is absorbed. In a large saucepan, combine the cream and lemon zest; heat to simmer. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks; gradually beat in the sugar until it is completely dissolved and the mix is light and lemon-colored. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the warm cream, and place the saucepan over medium-low heat; cook, stirring until the mixture reaches 165°F on an instant-read or candy thermometer. Do not boil to avoid curdling. Strain into a bowl and add the vanilla. Cover and refrigerate.
  • When the gelato mix is cold but not set, mix in the cheeses until well-blended. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and add the raisins. When frozen, transfer the gelato to a chilled container and store in the freezer at least 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 375
  Calories from Fat 168 (45%)
(29%)Total Fat 19g
(40%)Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(70%)Cholesterol 211mg
(3%)Sodium 73mg
(6%)Potassium 194mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
(2%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 33g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(16%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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