Gelato Alla Vaniglia


One qt. whole milk
1 cup sugar
Ten egg yolks
vanilla pod
One pinch of salt

How to make Gelato alla Vaniglia:

Bring the milk, all but 1/2 cup, to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan (do not use an aluminum container), adding the vanilla pod and a pinch of salt. Remove from the fire.

Whip the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl. Add the cold 1/2 cup of milk, and then add the hot milk a little at a time. Put the mixture in a pot on the fire and cook over shallow heat for 20 mins, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. When the mixture starts thickening, pour it into a bowl and cool, stirring frequently. Strain through a fine sieve.

Once entirely cooled, put the mixture in an ice-cream machine and churn until it reaches the proper consistency—place in an ice-cream freezer.

Churning time varies depending on the ice cream machine used. An ice-cream freezer holds a temperature just below freezing.

Serves 4

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
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