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The summer heat and the boredom for the Covid-19 lockdown can really get to our nerves. Cabin fever is so real! We wanted ice cream but it’s not so easy to go out to the supermarket because of the quarantine restrictions. My search online was rewarded when I found a 2-ingredient ice cream recipe. Read our story with how our homemade gelato happened from this simple recipe.
Discovering the Joys of Making Homemade Gelato
So I checked our pantry and found that I had the ingredients plus two large mangoes in the refrigerator. I have a hand mixer, too, so it’s perfect—we were going to have mango ice cream the following day.
But after swirling the hand mixer around for a total of 20 minutes, I told hubby that this DIY 2-ingredient ice cream is not worth it. We won’t do it anymore because it’s just so tiring! It would be easier to just get a tub at the supermarket. Even Shawna, who has held the hand mixer for almost half the time, has also complained. It was just so much work!
Our Homemade Gelato: What a Pleasure
We placed our finished 2-ingredient ice cream mixture in the freezer. It was around 9pm when we were done with everything. The next day, we opened our ice cream container around 1:30pm. Since we placed our ice cream in the big freezer, it was really hard to scoop out.
But when we were able to, lo and behold—it’s not just your regular ice cream. It had the texture of gelato! So instead of just the 2-ingredient ice cream, I am going to call it our homemade gelato.
And after having our homemade ice cream, I am not sure how I am going to take commercial ice cream. Shane and my sister-in-law, who are both not really fond of mango ice cream, loved it. The fact that it had real mango cubes in it added to the magic. Would love to do this again with other fruits in season.
So, at the time of this writing, our second flavor is now chilling in the freezer. It’s Shane’s choice –what she calls a mash-up of cookies and cream + double dutch. After all, she loves chocolate.
Homemade Gelato Recipe
Now, I am sharing with you our 2-ingredient ice cream recipe. It’s not cheaper nor easier than commercial ice cream but the quality is several notches higher. Plus, you can add ingredients that you like, especially fresh fruits and nuts. While we are all quarantined at home as the we are all trying to flatten the curve of Covid-19 positive patients, making homemade gelato is an awesome diversion.
Here our homemade gelato recipe, mango flavoured.
- 2 boxes Nestle All-Purpose Cream (250ml each), refrigerated overnight
- 1 250-ml box condensed milk
- 3 large mangoes (4 if they are small)
What you need:
- A hand mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Ice cream container
- Slice the mangoes. First use the three slices. Remove the mangoes from the peel and puree them in the blender. Set aside.
- As for the remaining mangoes, slice them into small cubes. Set aside.
- Empty the two boxes of Nestle All-Purpose Cream into the mixing bowl. Using the hand mixer, beat the cream for about 3 minutes.
- Add the condensed milk and beat for another 2 minutes.
- Pour in the pureed mangoes and beat on high speed for another 15 minutes.
- Mix in the cubed mangoes and freeze for at least 8 hours. Ours was 16 hours. We were willing to wait.
More Time, More Productivity
While I read of people dying of boredom while staying at home, we have done so many things. As with this 2-ingredient ice cream discovery, I think that we will keep making more. Other flavors in mind are coffee crumble, mocha, and wintermelon milk tea. Wouldn’t that be awesome!
With everything that’s happening around us, nothing beats the pleasure of homemade gelato glide through your lips and tongue. So luscious, rich, sweet, and refreshing.
If you are quarantined with your family, enjoy as much time as you can with your kids. This won’t be long.
Fresh Fruits in Ice Cream
As I write this, we have already sampled our cookies and cream with marshmallows flavored creation. Hubby said that it pretty much reminded him of ice box cake. While the texture and flavors are spot on, it does not really stand out for the effort that we went through. I mean, you can buy the same at the supermarket and still get the same flavors.
Remember, this homemade gelato recipe is not cheap with the cream, condensed milk, as well as the effort and electricity. However, it is going to be worth it if you make flavors that are not commercially available. So instead, make them with fruits in season!
Like for example the mango. Yes, you can buy mango-flavored ice cream, but you can make yours with mango puree and add lots of mango chunks. That’s what will make your homemade 2-ingredient ice cream exceptional.
But if it’s just going to be coffee, mocha, chocolate, and such, I think that budget-wise, it is better to buy ready-made ice cream from the store.
How to Make the Cookies and Cream Gelato
But anyway, in case you are interested, here’s what we did with the cookies and cream.
- 1 box Nestle All-Purpose Cream (250ml each) +1 can Nestle Cream, refrigerated overnight
- 1 condensed milk (250ml)
- 8 Tbsps. crushed chocolate cookies
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup marshmallows
Follow the procedure of beating the cream and condensed milk above. Then mix in the crushed cookies and marshmallows. Transfer into a plastic container and freeze overnight.
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