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A tub of Homemade Strawberry Gelato, topped with strawberries and flanked by a scoop and cones.
The Easiest Strawberry Homemade Gelato Recipe (No Machine)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
6 mins

Somehow even creamier than ice cream, my Easiest Homemade Strawberry Gelato recipe (No Machine) is the perfect way to cool off without any fuss.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 pints
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 2 cups (16floz/450ml) whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) heavy whipping cream (36%)
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (6oz/170g) strawberries, pureed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, add the milk. Place over medium-low heat until it comes to a gentle simmer.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Temper the eggs by slowly pouring in the hot milk mixture while whisking continuously. Pour this custard back into the same saucepan and place over low heat.

  3. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon for roughly 6-8 minutes or until the custard has thickened slightly and coats the back of a spoon. Do not bring to a boil or it will curdle. (See tips above about saving curdled custard)

  4. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and let cool down at room temperature, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Add in salt and vanilla to the custard and mix. To cool the custard quickly place the custard in an ice bath (see video above). Once completely cooled, cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.

  5. When the custard base is cold begin to whip the cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.

  6. Gently fold the custard base into the whipped cream until smooth and thickened. Don't beat or you will deflate the whipped cream.

  7. Stir together the pureed strawberries and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Then, stir this into the gelato base.

  8. Pour the gelato into a loaf pan or any freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer. Now, after 30-60 minutes go in a whip it up to break up the ice crystals. Do this roughly 2-3 times until it thickens up (see video above for step by step)

  9. Allow freezing for another 4-5 hours or until frozen before scooping. If hard to scoop allow the gelato to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes until it softens slightly.

  10. Cover well and store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Watch the Recipe Video!