When the weather starts getting warmer that means its time for frozen treats. And my blackberry and mango gelato are a delicious way to beat the heat.
I had some beautiful blackberries on hand and a couple of mangoes that were on the verge of being overripe, just perfect for gelato.
It’s amazing how much more flavor these gelato’s have than standard ice creams, and I believe it has to do with the fact that you’re not using very much cream or in the case of these two gelato’s none at all. While cream does do some wonderful things to ice cream, it does tend to tone down the flavors, the creamy sweetness of the ice cream is the star. With gelato, since you’re not adding in cream the natural flavors become more prominent.
And while not as creamy as ice cream it still has a wonderful texture and mouthfeel, and the flavors are incredible! The other difference with Gelato vs Ice Cream is the amount of air whipped into the mix, gelato is denser and therefore contains more flavor. So my vote goes to Gelato!
I think one of the things I enjoyed most about eating Gelato’s in Italy was how they would let you put up to five flavors in your selection, so you got to taste some really interesting flavors, with each Gelateria having their own signature flavors. The sky’s the limit where gelato is concerned, so be creative! And this mango gelato was ah-mazing!
If you love Gelato you might also like these recipes:
- Strawberry Gelato Recipe
- Strawberry Ricotta Gelato
- Meyer Lemon Gelato
- Eggnog and Cranberry Gelato Recipes
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The blackberry gelato – Outstanding! My new favorite gelato recipe, surpassing the meyer lemon gelato which held that title for 2+ years.
Lovely blackberry flavor and gorgeous color. The next time I make it (and there WILL be a next time), I think I may strain the mixture to remove some of the seeds. While they were in small pieces after I pureed them, they were noticeable.
Chef Dennis, it’s mango season here in South Florida so this gelato recipe was exactly what I was looking for. The mangos were very sweet so I only used half the sugar. It came out perfect. I’m going to try your peach gelato recipe next. Thanks!
Chef Dennis Littley
it really is a great recipe for showcasing fresh fruit flavors Sonia, happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!
Oh my gosh, we just made this mango recipe this morning (my son and I) and it is unbelievable! We used 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and the rest whole milk (leftovers from a chocolate ice cream recipe). It is delicious! It has been in the freezer a few hours, but everyone keeps opening it to take some out. Has a frozen yogurt taste and feel. If there is any left, perhaps it will freeze up more. But it is great like this.
so happy to hear that you enjoyed the mango gelato, it is so flavorful! the recipe works well with lots of other fruit
Brian @ A Thought For Food
I love these gelato flavors! Shame the temp is going down 20+ degrees. What is going on with this crazy weather?!?!
Oh my, both of those look phenomenal and perfect for this crazy weather!
It’s been a crazy winter here in Georgia as well, but it’s finally hot. And just getting hotter!
Megan @ Pip and Ebby
Our temps have been all over the place, too! Winter, spring, summer…which season is it? 🙂 The gelatos look incredible. They make me think of a hot hot summer day. Maybe tomorrow?!
These are my two favourite gelato flavours! (blueberry is #3). Mango is just made for gelato – perfect tart/sweet. Yum. Now I need to have gelato. lol
What great gelato recipes!
Gorgeous Chef! I love gelato! I love it’s texture vs. ice cream. Yours looks fantastic!
Blackberry and mango gelato is exactly what I crave every summer. Bookmarked this recipe for future Summer references. <3 Have a lovely day Chef!
These look beautiful. I’m trying to limit my desserts to 1 tablespoon or less of sugar per serving, so I’d like to try this with half the sugar. I know I’d need something to keep the mix from freezing too hard. Have you ever made a reduced carb version for carb-sensitive friends?
sadly I have not tried carb reduced versions, and unfortunately I would not know where to begin to tell you to make adjustments, but my friend Carolyn at http://www.alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ does pretty much everything low carb, she is a genius at converting regular recipes, if you have a chance check with her, just let her I recommended her!
Is there a way to make the gelato without an ice cream maker? I’ve never attempted to make ice cream or gelato and not sure if I want to purchase one since I try not to divulge that often! 🙂
you can just freeze it normally in your freezer, and take it out every so often as its freezing to mix it up, it will still have great taste, just not quite the right consistency.
i have never EVER had gelato…..i know, right?! i think that could very well be the “unpardonable sin”….it really is on my “foodie bucket list” of things to try…..promise! u rock chef d
Oh yeah, these look refreshing and it IS getting hot here in FL, already have the air on. I want to try making this with coconut milk. I’ve got a couple of mangos hanging around ready to go. Your photos are truly tempting. Hope you are doing well, Chef.
Jackie @ Domestic Fits
I can’t get enough homemade gelato. Anyone who travels to Europe just gets ruined for anything else, it’s so common over there. I love this recipe, I’ll be trying it for sure.
You are inspiring me to try new things! I’d love to make sorbets for my own sake since I can’t have milk and I bet the kids would love gelato! Thanks for this, my dear friend.
Thanks Dionne! sorbets would work beautifully with fruit and just water instead of milk. Can you have any of the non dairy milks such as rice or coconut milk? they would work as well
EA-The Spicy RD
I haven’t tried making gelato yet in my ice cream maker, but these look so delicious and refreshing that I’m going to have to attempt it soon!
Emily @ Life on Food
My vote always goes to gelato too. I am excited for the warm weather but that always puts a damper on my baking.