Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Berry Blueberry Chocolate Chip Gelato

Here's a cool refreshing way to beat the August heat and get your chocolate fix! This berry blueberry chocolate chip gelato was inspired by those heavenly but oh-so-expensive chocolate covered delights found at places like Godiva. Chocolate marries with berries so well. The unctuous undertones of the cacao and the tartness of berries is found with this gelato as well. Enjoy!
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, pulsed in food blender
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a heavy bottom saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and mix until smooth.
Beat the sugar and the egg yolks in a large bowl with a whisk until thick and light yellow. Heat the milk over medium-high heat in a small, heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Add about one-third hot milk mixture to sugar mixture to temper the eggs and stir continuously with a whisk. Gradually add to remaining hot milk mixture, stirring continuously with a whisk.
Cook over medium-low heat until mixture coats back of a spoon (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir in blueberry mixture, and cool completely. Stir in chocolate chips and lemon juice.
Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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