Are you ready for some… Nutella?

It’s the eve of the eve of World Nutella Day. Do you know where your hazelnut spread is?

This is one of my favorite non-holiday holidays, along with “Talk Like A Pirate Day” (on September 19th). So to celebrate, I thought I’d share our Nutella gelato recipe.

A little background: for Christmas, we received a new ice cream maker — one that didn’t require salt and ice like our old one. Suddenly, all kinds of frozen dessert options were on the table. Literally.

After a couple rounds of making all sorts of ice cream, my husband quickly moved on to the new frontier. He found a recipe for the ultimate chocolate gelato and it was outrageously good.

But we wanted more. Could he amp it up even further?

He did, and thus was born a new Nutella treat in our house. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Our Nutella Gelato

Here’s what you’ll need:

2.5 cups milk (we used 2% milk)

1.5 cups heavy creamnutellainablender

5 egg yolks

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa (dark Dutch-processed cocoa is preferable)

3/4 cup Nutella

1 teaspoon vanilla

Kosher salt (just a little pinch)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Important: you’ll need an immersion blender (like a Vitamix) that can heat up ingredients as you blend it AND a candy thermometer.

1. Throw all the ingredients except for the olive oil into the blender.

2. Start on lowest speed and quickly crank it up to the highest. Whiz for 6 minutes.

3. Pour in the olive oil (even while still blending on high speed) and keep whizzing for another 2 minutes of so. Check the blend with a candy thermometer to ensure it reaches a temp between 185 and 195 F.

4. Pour the “Nutella soup” (as my kids call it) into a bowl or plastic container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours until chilled. Frankly, we put it in the garage to cool off because, with the recent sub-zero temps outside, it was probably more effective and quicker than putting it in the fridge. BUT don’t let it freeze. You can even let it sit overnight in the refrigerator if you want.

5. Fill an ice cream maker with the blend and let it do its thing.

6. Don’t tell the kids when it’s finished. That way, you get a crack at it first.

Will you be celebrating Nutella Day on February 5th? 


About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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