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Mascarpone Gelato With Balsamic-Macerated Strawberries

Mascarpone Gelato With Balsamic-Macerated Strawberries

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes plus time for chilling and churning
  • Yield: About 1 quart


  • 1/2 cup simple syrup*
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 pound mascarpone
  • 1/4 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pint ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


  • In a metal bowl whisk together the simple syrup and egg yolks. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk continuously until the mixture reaches the ribbon stage (thick, pale yellow and forms a ribbon when the whisk is lifted).

    Remove the bowl from the heat, transfer the yolk mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on low speed until cool.

    Whisk in the mascarpone, Karo syrup, milk and lemon juice and strain the mixture through a fine sieve. Chill thoroughly, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight, then process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions.

  • In a small, non-reactive bowl toss strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar and set aside to macerate for a few hours or up to overnight.

  • Serve the gelato in bowls, garnished with macerated strawberries.

  • *Note: To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer and whisk until sugar is disolved. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool.