The Zeroll's ingenious handle contains a self-defrosting solution that's activated by the warmth of your hand, which in turn softens frozen desserts while you scoop. The tool's unique shape also rolls ice cream or gelato into neat balls and releases it cleanly. The scoop has no breakable parts, no lever to press, no rinsing in hot water between servings. You can also use the scoop for portioning out cookie dough or stiff batters.
Frozen desserts like gelato and granita are very popular in Italy. In Sicily they are eaten in the morning and throughout the day. The ice cream may be tucked into a brioche, sweet roll, and eaten like a sandwich. In Rome, frozen coffee granita repalces hot coffee in the summer. In the early evening, Italians like to go for a passaggiata, a walk, and stop at a cafe for an ice cream cone.
Italian Frozen Dessert Recipes
Cassata is a traditional Sicilian dessert. It is made with an Italian sponge cake and the same ricotta filling that is used in cannoli; that is why cassata is sometimes referred to as cannoli cake. This cassata cake is an ice cream cake with the same flavors of chocolate, pistachios, and orange mixed into the ice cream-ricotta filling.
Gelato is an Italian ice cream dessert made from milk and sugar, combined with flavorings. Gelato comes from the Italian word gelare, meaning "to freeze." Because there is less fat, less cream, and usually fewer eggs in gelato, it has a lightness and freshness of flavor.
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Refreshing in flavor and easy to make, granita (pronounced grah-NEE-tah) is popular throughout Italy. These ices are a mixture of water, sugar and a flavoring. They are grainy in texture and are frozen in a pan in the freezer.
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Semifreddo means "half cold" in Italian. Semifreddo has air incorporated into it by means of whipped eggs, meringue, or whipped cream. It has the texture of a mousse that is frozen.
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Sorbets, or Italian ices, are frozen desserts usually made with fresh fruit, water, and just enough sugar to enhance their natural sweetness and keep them smooth once churned in an ice cream maker and frozen.
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Spumone is a molded Italian ice cream dessert usually containing chopped fruits and nuts.
It has a lighter texture than plain ice cream because whipped cream is mixed into one of the layers.
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Tartufo is Italian for truffle. Typically, in Italy, a tartufo is a vanilla ice cream ball that has a cherry and some nuts in the center. The ball is then dipped in chocolate and can be covered with nuts or chocolate shavings.
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Tortoni is an Italian frozen cream dessert usually flavored with a liqueur and topped with almonds and maraschino cherries. The difference between ice cream and tortoni is in the way they are made.
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Affogato is a dessert drink that generally consists of gelato (Italian ice cream) that is topped with hot espresso or a liqueur. We have provided you with a few affogato variations.
Affogato Recipes >>
Make gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or frozen drinks in about 20 minutes; salt and ice are not needed.
The word "spuma" means foam or froth.These frozen desserts are a type of frothy sorbet. In this recipe the beaten egg whites combined with a strawberry puree create a type of frozen meringue that is so light it seems like you are eating a delicate fruit-flavored foam. means foam or froth.
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1-1/2 cups peach sorbet
1-1/2 cups frozen sliced
peaches, partally thawed
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco, chilled
Using a blender, puree the sorbet, peaches and lemon juice. Divide the mixture among 6 glasses. Pour 1/2 cup of Prosecco into each glass and stir gently.
Makes 6 drinks