Traditional Meyer Lemon Gelato
Sicilians make good use of the many citrus groves on their island; a traditional breakfast is a scoop of lemon gelato served on brioche. Of course, the combination is also suitable for dessert.
- Yield: Makes about 1 quart
Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2003
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (5 or 6 medium lemons)
- 2 cups milk
- Grated zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
In a small saucepan, cook lemon juice over medium-low heat until reduced by three-quarters, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
In a medium heavy-bottom saucepan, bring milk and lemon zest just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover, and steep 30 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, beat yolks and sugar on medium-high speed until very thick and pale, about 5 minutes.
Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Return milk mixture to a simmer; whisk half into egg-yolk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat back of the spoon.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in cream. Pass mixture through a fine sieve into a medium bowl set in the ice bath; let stand, stirring frequently, until chilled. Stir in reduced lemon juice.
Freeze mixture in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve, up to 1 week.