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Bitter Chocolate and Hazelnut Gelato

How to cook: Bitter Chocolate and Hazelnut Gelato | Recipe

Italian and French gelatenas offer splendid, often simple flavour combinations when it comes to ice cream Chocolate and nuts are particularly delicious, especially if the chocolate is of the high-quality bitter-sweet type If you have a pestle and mortar try to pound the nuts and sugar to a very smooth texture – otherwise use an electric coffee grinder or spice grinder in short bursts.

Ingredients:

75 g blanched hazelnuts, finely chopped

175 g vanilla sugar or caster sugar

150 ml whole milk

250 g dark chocolate, with at least 70% cocoa solids, broken in pieces

1 tablespoon glucose syrup or corn syrup

1 tablespoon chocolate or hazelnut liqueur or dark rum

400 ml double cream

crisp wafers or biscuits, to serve

Directions:

Put the chopped hazelnuts in a dry frying pan and dry-cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until they darken and smell toasty, about 2-3 minutes (take care, because they burn easily) Pour out onto a plate and let cool.

Put the toasted hazelnuts and 4 tablespoons of the sugar in a small electric spice grinder or coffee grinder Grind in brief bursts, to a smooth, speckly powder.

Put the milk, chocolate and remaining sugar in a saucepan over very gentle heat. Cook until the chocolate melts, stirring constantly, then add the glucose syrup and ground sugar and nuts. Remove from the heat, put the pan into a bowl of iced water and let cool. Stir in the liqueur and cream and cool again.

Pour the prepared mixture into the ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 minutes or until set Alternatively, freeze in the container covered, for 6 hours, beating and whisking it once, after 3 hours.

Serve in scoops with wafers or biscuits, if using.

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