When my brother, sister and I were young my mother would go out on her own every so often and leave us to the charge of my father. My father made two very famous dishes for us when Mama left the house - the very best macaroni and cheese from a box, and candied carrots. We were easily impressed and overly giddy because we knew Dad was usually a soft touch for a movie night that would extend past our bedtimes.
His candied carrots were simple. Carrots, butter, and brown sugar. Or at least, that’s what I think they were. He always told us it was a secret recipe.
This gelato is the inspired offspring of my father’s very secret recipe.
I know, I know, I'm already getting the eye-roll again. I remember receiving the same disapproving look of "come on foodie, can't you just leave ice cream alone?" when I made that olive oil ice cream last summer. Just give me a chance, okay?
This brown sugar carrot gelato is truly delicious, weird though it may sound. Carrots bring a deep earthy flavor to the cream that perfectly accents the richness of the brown sugar. Oh, and you should accidentally spill some bourbon in there too.
This gelato begins with carrots, obviously... I like to use young carrots that have a more mild flavor. Overly mature carrots can bring a bitter flavor that would not be welcome at this gelato party.
Oh, and did I mention that this gelato base is made in your blender? It’s summer, and I’m keeping things simple!
This gelato is pretty darn good on its own, but I am a cone-lovin’ lady.
While your gelato base is chilling, start roasting some hazelnuts and dipping cones in melted chocolate.
Yes, yes, yes...
Adding coconut oil to the chocolate pre-melting will help the coating to set up nicely and remain shiny and beautiful.
I could definitely just eat a half a dozen of these cones by themselves, but we have gelato to scoop!
It’s sweet, rich, earthy, and insanely creamy.
Are you on board now?
Brown Sugar & Carrot Gelato with Hazelnut & Chocolate Dipped Cones
makes about 1.5 quarts
- 1 lb carrots*, peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon bourbon
- sugar cones
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
In a medium saucepan combine carrots, butter, water, and salt. Place over medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the carrots are tender.
Once the carrots have cooked through, add brown sugar and cook for a remaining 3-5 minutes, until the sugar has melted and thoroughly coated the carrots.
Transfer the carrots to your blender and add whole milk. Blend until the carrots are completely smooth.
In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks and heavy cream to combine. Slowly stream in about 1/3 of the hot carrot mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Return the mixture to the bender and add vanilla extract and bourbon. Transfer the container to the refrigerator and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
When the gelato mixture has thoroughly chilled, prepare in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember, this is gelato so you are going to want to churn this as slowly as possible. After the gelato has churned, transfer it to a freezer safe container and chill until firm.
While the gelato is chilling prepare the cones.
Combine chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave at 30 second increments, stirring well after each until the chocolate is just melted.
In a small frying pan heat hazelnuts over medium heat until fragrant. Remove from heat and chop finely.
Prepare a cooling rack by placing it on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Dip each cone about 1 1/2 inches deep in chocolate. Remove from chocolate and hold for about 30 seconds. This will allow the excess chocolate to fall back into the bowl and the chocolate to set up just a tiny bit. Dust the cones with chopped hazelnuts and place on a cooling rack.
Transfer the dipped cones to the freezer for 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate has set.
Fill with freshly made gelato and serve immediately. Enjoy!
* I like to use young carrots that have a more mild flavor. Overly mature carrots can have a bitter flavor that is highly unpleasant when turned into gelato.