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Category: Desserts

Peach gelato

Peach gelato
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Summer holds few pleasures more promising than tasting that one perfect peach. Nor are there many disappointments so frustrating as the many that fail to measure up. The problem is being able to tell the difference between the two before ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes, plus 2 1/2 hours freezing time | Serves 6 to 8
Note: I learned this technique, which skips the ice-cream machine, from Sicilian chef Ciccio Sultano, singled out by Gambero Rosso as one of Italy's great young chefs, when he cooked at Valentino last year as part of its 30th anniversary celebration. It couldn't be easier, but the fresh peach flavor is astonishing. The texture should be somewhere between soft-serve ice cream and dense, chewy traditional gelato. Depending on the sweetness of your peaches, you may want to add more sugar.
  • 3 pounds peaches, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone, creme fraiche or yogurt

Step 1Cut the peaches into very small pieces. The smaller you cut them, the faster they will freeze and the finer the final texture will be. Arrange the peach pieces in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet and freeze solid, about 2 hours.

Step 2Put the frozen peach pieces in a food processor with the sugar and grind briefly. Add the mascarpone and pulse until the mixture is smooth.

Step 3Empty the food processor into a small container and freeze again, 20 to 30 minutes, before serving. If the ice cream freezes solid, simply process it briefly again before serving.

Each of 8 servings (using mascarpone):
143 calories; 2 grams protein; 21 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 7 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 18 mg. cholesterol; 8 mg. sodium.
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