Strawberry and Goat Cheese Gelato
An adventure - to me is when you take a journey (sometimes unwittingly) - and for the 'journey' to unfold.... You know - when everyone says "its about the journey not the destination" - will this is 'that' - This particular blog entry actually started a while back - when writing an article for Eatmag ... my monthly column is about cheese - usually a New Zealand Artisan - and then I pick one of their cheeses to create a little recipe with.....
Well this particular month it was about a little Artisan Producer called 'Cilantro' in Hamilton - Monica and Jenny who make amazing cheeses (award winning cheeses actually).
I decided to take their chèvre (fromage) and make a lighthearted summer gelato with it... In my attempt to keep the recipes simple (so that people might actually try them out in their own kitchens) for the magazine - I devised a way to make the gelato without the need to own an ice-cream machine - well the results were gorgeous - it was like strawberry cheesecake - with the 'cheesecake' flavour on steroids....
A while back I had spent a day making gelato with a friend who has a gelato store, and she used to enter these awards - reasonably successfully, so I thought that I would mix up a fresh batch of this strawberry and goats cheese and deliver it into the NZ Ice Cream awards - the 'open creative' section for gelato - I could have entered other categories - such as 'berry' or well several, but 'open creative gelato' had a ring to it and it would be up against some of my gelato-making idols (who will remain nameless - but you know who you are)
It doesn't take a genius to work out that I am writing this post because, obviously it did well - a Silver medal no less - my gelato rates!!!! the best complement ever!!!
and the recipe.... is easy - it does work with other berries and you can switch the milk up to almond milk or goats milk - but the pure simple recipes is.......
Strawberry and Goats Cheese Gelato
6 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup milk (you can use almond or soy milk here if you prefer)
3/4 cup of goat chèvre
1 tsp lemon juice
Your strawberries need to be hulled and frozen solid.
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until completely smooth.
Transfer the remaining (if there is any) to a container with a lid and keep in the freezer. Take it out of the freezer a good 10 minutes or so, before scooping, as it should have a nice soft gelato texture.
This is a great recipe to make as you want the gelato, it doesn't require churning, or specialist ice cream machines, or even more than 10 minutes of your time!!