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Vanilla Gelato Recipe

vanilla gelato recipe

As a food enthusiast and professional writer, I have always been fascinated by the art of making gelato, especially the classic vanilla flavor. With its creamy texture and sweet aroma, vanilla gelato is a perfect dessert for any occasion. In this article, I will share with you my favorite vanilla gelato recipe that is easy to follow and will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Dessert
  • Recipe Cuisine: Italian
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.9/5


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and half of the sugar. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the mixture and add the pod.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to steam, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, remaining sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until the mixture is thick and pale yellow.
  4. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
  7. Cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually 20-25 minutes.
  9. Transfer the gelato to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritions Table

Nutrition InformationAmount Per Serving
Total Fat15g
Saturated Fat9g
Total Carbohydrate30g

Recipes FAQ

  • What is gelato?
  • Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert similar to ice cream but with a denser and creamier texture.

  • Can I substitute the vanilla bean with vanilla extract?
  • Yes, you can use 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean.

  • How long can I store the gelato in the freezer?
  • You can store the gelato in the freezer for up to 1 month.

  • Can I use low-fat milk and cream for this recipe?
  • No, it is recommended to use whole milk and heavy cream to achieve the creamy texture of the gelato.

  • What can I add to the gelato to make it more flavorful?
  • You can add chopped fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips to the mixture before freezing.

  • Can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker?
  • Yes, you can freeze the mixture in a shallow container and stir every 30 minutes until it reaches the desired consistency.

Recipes Tips

If you want to achieve the perfect texture and flavor of the vanilla gelato, follow these tips:

1. Use high-quality ingredients, especially the vanilla bean.

2. Chill the mixture thoroughly before churning to ensure a smooth and creamy texture.

3. Don't over-churn the mixture, or it will become grainy and icy.

4. Store the gelato in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

5. Let the gelato sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving to soften it up.

With these simple steps, you can make a delicious and satisfying vanilla gelato that will impress your family and friends.