So we’re a little late on this post and will have Test Kitchen #2 in a few days… Until we have our equipment, we’re trying out flavors on a DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor. It’s small capacity but allows use to go from batch to batch in a matter of minutes without needing to refreeze components. One advantage of the small batches is that we can use part of our mix and then taste and adjust before making the next one.
Store-bought pasteurized milk = crystals.
One of the disadvantages we face is textural – nothing compares to the smooth and creamy results we get from the batch freezer. We also used pasteurized milk and ended up with some serious crystallization, but that didn’t affect our ability to evaluate the flavor profiles.
By request, our first flavor was simple strawberry. This started the seeds-or-no-seeds debate, so we spit the difference (get it?! Cuz seeds make you spit?) and strained out the big seeds, but left enough seed-flecks to prove that it was natural. The strawberry flavor was explosive! Next time we make Strawberry gelato, we will prepare two or three recipes and see which is the most popular.
Salted Honey (turned Honeyed Vanilla Cinnamon)
Come on Jill, Stop Yolking around!!!
This was our most highly anticipated test flavor, and Sarah came prepared with a nice Sage honey and some fancy Himalayan sea salt. After several adjustments we found a balance that was pleasing but not knock-your-socks-off. Unfortunately, we later learned that next-day Salted Honey gelato has an amplified salt flavor that tasted a bit like table salt.
Luckily, we saved some of the Salted Honey base and made some adjustments for a new test group (aka, whoever happened to be at New Amsterdam that day). After kicking up the sweetness and adding vanilla and a bit of cinnamon, this flavor is a star. Tasters were wildly impressed with the re-invented flavor. The salt took backstage to the enhanced honey flavor, and many claimed that this should be our signature flavor! We’ll see about that… But definitely a keeper!
Banana Caramel Pecan
Without question the most popular flavor of Test Kitchen #1, we used fresh bananas, cajeta caramel and candied pecans. What else do I need to say? Yum!!
For our leftover base we were out of pecans and instead candied some nutty trail mix (why not?) that was chock full pepitas and cashews. FAIL. But hey, anything with bananas makes people happy so it wasn’t a total loss!
What flavors do you want to see us make next? (I know CHOCOLATE, okay okay) Tell us what you like in the comments and we just might invite you to our next tasting!